5-Star OL Talks Recruiting

Ian Symonette was widely considered one of the top offensive line prospects in the entire country heading into this season. That was despite having never played a full season here in the U.S.

"I started playing football a few years ago," Symonette said. "I played one year in the Caribbeans. Last year I played here in the states but I was injured most of the year. So really, this was my first full season here."

The talented Texan likes the results so far.

"We're 4-1 right now and playing well," he said. "I've been going both ways, playing defense in different situations. I've been having a lot of fun."

Ian Symonette, 6-foot-8 and 340 pounds, talked about what makes him different than many other top notch OL prospects.

"My size really helps," he said. "I have good quickness, I'm strong, I play lower than a lot of guys, and I like to fire off the ball. All those are things I've learned to do."

The Houston (Texas) St. Piux X standout talked about how he's gotten to this point in his career.

"I started learning (how to play the position) in the Caribbeans," he said. "That's where I started learning the right technique. Then when I came here, I learned how to practice hard and train all the time. I've improved a lot because of that."

Symonette is among the most heavily recruited linemen in the entire country. At the beginning of the season, he talked about having four finalists. That has recently changed somewhat.

"It's the same except I'm now looking at Texas A&M instead of Texas," he said. "So it's Texas A&M, Miami, LSU, and Oklahoma."

The standout lineman, who has not yet scheduled any official visits, talked about each of the schools mentioned above.

Texas A&M: "They're a powerhouse program out here too. They're building. Texas already has it built. I would like to go someplace and be part of the building process, somewhere like Texas A&M. Texas has a lot of young linemen on their roster."

Miami: "They're a great program and they're losing two senior tackles after this season. The other guys dont (have the experience). I think there's a good opportunity for me there. I've watched two of their games so far. I saw them against Florida State and again this past weekend. They've struggled some on offense but everyone has bad days. They have some good players on the offensive line and I'm sure they'll continue to improve."

LSU: "I went there for the summer camp. I've talked to Coach Myles. They're losing a lot of offensive linemen. They're losing two after this year and two more after next year. They have a good opportunity for a young lineman too."

Oklahoma: "I talked to the head coach and he was saying the same things. They have some offensive linemen graduating and there will be some openings."

Symonette is obviously putting a lot of emphasis on the depth charts of each program. He talked more about what he's looking for exactly.

"I'm just going to look at the overall atmosphere of the school, where I feel most comfortable," he said. "I'm going to look at how many linemen are graduating and how many linemen they're putting into the NFL each year. Plus, I'm looking for a strong educational program."

UM coach Mario Cristobal is recruiting the talented big man for the Canes. Symonette mentioned that.

"[Cristobal] talks to you regular," he said. "Asks how I'm doing, how school's going, how the team looks, personal stuff not just about college."

The talented senior plans to take visits to those four programs after the season.

"They're all about even right now," he said. "I'm going to take my visits and then sit down with my coach and guardian to discuss it all. They've done a good job helping me so far."

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