OL: "Miami Puts People In the NFL"

At 6-foot-2 1/2 and 305 pounds, Merritt Island, Fla. standout offensive/defensive lineman Tad McConahie had a schedule that could rival anyone in the state in terms of keeping busy.

The talented lineman went to five different camps this summer and spent the rest of the time working out with his teammates getting ready for his senior season. Florida's linemen camp, Florida's one day senior camp, South Florida's prospect camp, Down & Dirty linemen Camp, and Miami's three-day camp were those five and he talked about some of them.

"Florida's linemen camp was good," McConahie said. "I went to the second session and I heard that a lot of really good linemen were at the first session but it was still a good experience. Down & Dirty was fun. The coaches were real impressed with how I did. At Miami's camp, I learned a lot of new stuff. They all helped me out."

The big lineman, who is entering year five of organized football, also throws the shot put (53 feet) and discus (145) on the varsity track team.

In the meantime, McConahie is being recruited by several major college programs.

"The schools I'm considering right now are Florida, South Florida, East Carolina, Iowa, Maryland, Miami, and Florida State," he said. "They've all been in contact but I haven't gotten any offers yet. My coach told me that most schools wait for offensive linemen to develop because they can change so much physically over a short period of time."

Of the seven schools he mentioned, McConahie singled out two of them as being schools he'd like offers from the most.

"Florida or South Florida is what I'm hoping for the most," he said. "Florida's just a great program and South Florida has already offered two of my teammates (Danny Verpale and UM recruit Mike Mangold) and we have talked about going to school together. I don't know though because I'll wait to see who offers."

Although he wants to play on defense in college, McConahie knows he will likely play on offense.

"Defense is what I like but most schools are talking about me playing center or guard for them," he said.

One of the schools recruiting him for offense is Miami. He talked about the Hurricanes.

"Miami's up there too," he said. "They always have a great football program. Plus, Miami puts people in the NFL. If you start as a junior or a senior, you're almost guaranteed a chance in the league."

The talented lineman believes the Hurricanes simply want to see the first few games of his senior season before making a decision on whether to offer.

"Coach Kehoe told me to keep working hard, to keep busting my butt," he said. "He told me to keep running and getting stronger. He said they'll be watching me this season to see what I do. That would be great if they offered me."

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