"The upside to him is he is already here. He has been working out in the weightroom and conditioning with the other guys. He seems to be a good fit with the other players, personality-wise. He has great quickness in his feet. That has not surprised me because I saw it on his video tape. We will start him off at center and will also play him a little at guard. He played center as a freshman in junior college and guard this past season."
I'm just curious as to why you want him to play center?
"What we are worried about is Tommy Watson is gone, Blake Jones (starter last season) had foot surgery and we are not sure when he will be back, and the next guys are unproven. So, why not take a look at him there?"
The other guy is James Cochran.
"There is a lot of upside with this young man. Terry (Lewis) recruited him out of Memphis. What you normally don't see is a 6-6 center and that is what he is. He is 6-6, 280+. It is very unusual to see a guy that big at center, but from the 7th grade on, he has snapped the ball. Even though he is so big, him playing center shows you what kind of athleticism he has. Plus, he is going to do nothing but get bigger and stronger. When you get a guy with that range, you can also play him at tackle down the road. He also has great character and is a very quality young man. There is no telling what his real potential is because he is a load of untapped talent."
Is there a disadvantage having a guy that big at center?
"I think the key is if he is not a knee-bender. However, he has great ankle, knee and hip flexibility. He can easily squat down, so I don't think it is a problem for him at all."
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