OL will be among top prospects for 2010

Brandon Linder is already one of the best offensive linemen in the state of Florida and the Fort Lauderdale (St. Thomas Aquinas) star is only going to be a junior. Scout.com caught up with him recently to talk about a number of things.

Brandon Linder helped lead his team to the Class 5A state championship as a sophomore last season and now he's getting ready for what he hopes will be another successful season.

"We're looking pretty good and everyone's been working real hard getting ready," Linder said. "I'm excited."

Linder, 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, recently took time out of his schedule to attend Florida's Friday Night Lights Camp.

"That was my only camp and it was my first experience at something like that," he said. "The camp was amazing. I like how the coaches are in your face and I was able to enjoy myself and the competition."

The talented offensive lineman plays center for his high school team and could very well become the state's most heavily recruited offensive lineman for the Class of 2010.

"First of all, I'm a good pass blocker," he said. "I have faster feet than most guys. Sam (Young) taught me so much. We have a great workout program at our high school and that really helps. But the key is how I am as a pass blocker. You gotta have quick feet and I have that."

While juniors can't receive any written scholarship offers until September 1, Linder is already getting plenty of attention from various schools.

"Miami said they'll offer me on September 1st," he said. "Notre Dame is highly interested in me. Florida seems very interested. Auburn is always sending me mail. A lot of schools have been showing interest."

Since Linder will likely have his pick of schools next year, we asked him which schools stand out to him right now.

"I grew up a Miami fan," he said. "And I liked the Gators too. With Miami, I think Coach Stoutland is a great coach and a great guy. I've always liked them and will look at them hard."

Linder talked about some of the things he'll be looking down when it comes to make that final decision sometime down the road.

"The main thing is what will they be able to do to help me get to the next level," he said. "I'll look at the campus life, my relationship with the coaches and players, and things like that."

Inside the classroom, Linder carries a 3.3 and hasn't taken the test yet.

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