Randleman (NC) may be best known as the home of NASCAR legend Richard Petty. It's a safe bet that it'll also be a popular stopping off point over the coming months for college coaches wanting to get a closer look at 6-6, 285 pound tackle Joel Suggs.
Lining up at left tackle, Suggs has the prototypical size, frame and long arms that recruiters love in a college offensive lineman. Boasting all-county and all-area honors as a junior, he has become the guy Randleman runs behind when they need the tough yards. Because of his potential, numerous schools are giving the rising senior and early look.
"I'm hearing a lot from (NC) State and I'm getting a lot of mail from schools like Duke and Georgia Tech. I've also got some mail from Georgia and Florida.
"I haven't picked up any offers yet. Me and my high school coach have been talking about that. Him and I feel like they're going to be coming relatively soon I think."
Suggs told Pack Pride that he feels he made noticeable improvements from his sophomore to junior seasons. He knows he's not a finished product by any stretch, however.
"I think I improved a lot from my sophomore and freshman seasons," he said. "I think my feet were a lot better and my intensity was a lot higher. We went 7-6 and made it to the second round of the playoffs so we did alright. I feel like I still need to work on my strength and quickness for an offensive lineman."
Although a UNC fan growing up, Suggs has entered the recruiting process with an open mind. He plans to take his time and evaluate all his options before making a decision. For now it would appear several of the in-state schools hold the upper hand should one of them extend a scholarship offer.
"I think I'd like to go through the process a little bit. Once I get some options, I would like to sit down and think about what I want to do in college.
"My top three would probably be State, Vanderbilt and Duke or Carolina. I'd say Duke has shown the most interest so far."
Randleman OL is One to Watch for 2012
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