Likes Five Schools

Oak Mountain High School's D.J. Looney is one of the most dominating offensive linemen in the state of Alabama and maybe in the southeast. And several schools are showing serious interest in him.

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"I'm receiving the most interest from Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, LSU ... and the list goes on," said the 6-2, 280-pounder.

He's also letting schools know he's interested in them by attending as many Junior Days as possible.

"I've attended Alabama's, Auburn's, Mississippi State's Junior Days and I had three more scheduled, Middle Tennessee State, Memphis and I was supposed to go LSU, but the ACT and some other things prevented me from going," said D.J.

He's talking extensively with three of those schools as well as one other.

"I'm communicating with Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Florida all the time," said the extroverted youngster. "We are text messaging, but I've called and talked with (MSU assistant) Coach (J.B.) Grimes and (Alabama assistant) Coach (Bob) Connelly.

"When I went to Alabama's Junior Day, I must have talked to Coach Connelly for a couple of hours. I just gave Coach Grimes my highlight tape this weekend when I attended Mississippi State's Junior Day."

He developed a relationship with Coach Grimes a couple of years ago.

"Coach Grimes has loved me since I came to their camp as a sophomore," said D.J. "He told me, as a sophomore, that there was no doubt in his mind that I was a Division I SEC football player. I think he likes me a lot, but he has to look at that film."

Mississippi State, along with four other schools, are on his early favorites list.

"I like LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn and Florida," he said.

He explained why those five.

LSU - "LSU is a great program. You know when you go there you are always going to be in contention to win a national championship. They are going to have great facilities and I really like the university."

Alabama - "They have great tradition. The academics facility stands out to me. And they are always going to be in contention (for a championship)."

Mississippi State - "I have a great relationship with the coaching staff there. And I truly believe they are going to turn that program around. And it will be exciting to be there when they do turn it around."

Auburn - "Auburn also has a great tradition and will always be in contention and compete for the SEC and national championships. They have great facilities and great academics."

Florida - "Florida has signed two big recruiting classes and will be very good. I like the coaching staff there, as well. They are always going to have great facilities and always be competing for a championship."

One school may have a, ever so slight advantage because one of his teammates and best friends, Mark Melichar, signed with Mississippi State.

"Mark and me are best friends and we talk about (going to the same school) all the time," said D.J. "It would be great to play alongside him for 3 of 4 more years because we are really great friends. It would truly be a blessing and be fun."

D.J.'s one of those rare student/athletes who doesn't want to extend the recruiting process.

"I plan on making my decision pretty soon. When I get the offers I'm looking for, I plan on making a decision pretty quick," he said.

He mentioned what he is looking for in a college.

"I want to play for a good coaching staff. Facilities aren't that big of a thing for me," said D.J. "Academics will probably play a role, as will the potential of the team. But I really just want to play college football."

The one thing possibly holding schools back from offering him a scholarship is his height, but D.J. has several things in his favor in addition to his obvious talent.

"My granddad and dad were great high school players," said D.J., who projects as either a noseguard or center on the next level. "My dad even played at New Mexico State for a little bit. I have outgrown my dad, but both my granddads are over 6-4. I might get my height from them. I have big hands and I wear size 15.5 shoes"

Check out D.J. in the video below.

- Left Tackle, No. 65 in black.

Keep it right here for the latest updates on this immensely talented youngster.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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