Super OL Likes Coker, UM

This super talented offensive line prospect was very impressed by University of Miami head coach Larry Coker when he talked to him in May. It paid off, as the Hurricanes are now one of the top choices on this prospect's list of favorites.

The University of Miami hasn't had too many players from the Jacksonville area on its roster over the years, but there always seems to be a couple players from that area that get recruited to play there. One of them from this year's class is First Coast standout tackle Aubrey McPhadden.

At 6-foot-5 ½ and 318 pounds, McPhadden was an all-state performer as a junior and then went to the NIKE Camp back in April and proved why he's among the state's best.

McPhadden had a rough spring however, which ended in an injury and a transfer.

"I sprained my shoulder," McPhadden said. "I went to throw a block in our jamboree and it came out of place. I'm rehabbing it now and I should be ready real soon. Then I transferred. I just felt First Coast was going to be a better situation for me. My coach at Jackson is cool and everything, but when college coaches would come by, all he'd want to do is tell them about his son (Tripp Carroll), who plays up in North Carolina. That's behind me and now I'm looking forward to having a strong year at First Coast."

The talented offensive tackle prospect carries a 2.9 GPA inside the classroom and is still waiting on his test scores to return. In the meantime, he's had a lot of recruiting action.

"Man, it seemed like everyone was calling me at home," he said. "I talked to a lot of coaches but I know who my top five are – LSU, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, and Miami. I really couldn't tell you which one I like the most because I'm trying to keep my options open."

McPhadden has picked up a few early scholarship offers.

"LSU, Tennessee, and West Virginia have sent me scholarship offers," he said. "Larry Coker from Miami said they are going to offer me too."

So what does McPhadden like about the Hurricanes?

"I liked Coach Coker a lot," he said. "He spent some time talking to my mamma. I like the environment at Miami and I think they have a real nice facilities. I got a chance to see it up close when I went down for the [NIKE] camp. He told me to keep up with my academics and that I was one of their top offensive line recruits."

McPhadden talked about the chances of leaving Florida.

"People ask me if I will be leaving, but I really don't know yet," he said. "It's probably 50/50. There are some great programs here but right now, I'm also interested in seeing what else is out there."

McPhadden, who plans on camping at Florida State next month, said he's working hard for a big senior season.

"I want to have a big year," he said. "I've been working this summer on getting bigger, faster, and stronger. My goal is to be one of the top five offensive linemen in the whole country. I'll probably take all my visits after the season's over."

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