Each year there is a solid pool of prospects that emerge on the recruiting trail as they head into their final season of high school football.
Alex Jauregui could be one such prospect from the Class of 2012.
The 6-7, 295-pound offensive tackle from Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge has a frame that most line prospects would love to have. It's a frame that will allow him to continue to fill out and potentially develop into a college tackle as he continues to mature.
Illinois is the only school from a BCS conference that has offered Jauregui to date and he's keeping his options open.
"Of course they're a favorite," Jauregui said of the Illini. "They're a favorite but I'm still keeping my options open, you know? I could end up going anywhere."
NC State is just one of many other BCS schools that are showing serious interest.
"I think my coach has told me he's been in contact with NC State," Jauregui said. "As for me personally, I haven't spoken with any of the coaches or anything. I don't know a whole lot about them yet. It's a little too early to say what I think but who knows? They could be my number one school after I visit."
One thing is clear - location is not a factor.
"That won't be a problem at all," he told Pack Pride, noting that both NC State and Illinois are schools he could see himself at. Again, that hinges on how potential visits to those schools would turn out in the fall.
This summer was very hectic for Jauregui so he wasn't able to visit many schools. That means his visits in the fall, whether they are unofficials or officials, will be especially important. In spite of lacking a lengthy offer list Jauregui is claiming interest from schools all over the South, such as Florida, Florida State, Miami, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Clemson, plus UCLA out west.
Jauregui admits that he's more polished in pass protection than he is as a run blocker, though he says the latter is not an area of weakness.
As he is waiting for more offers, Jauregui also noted that he's not in any hurry to make a decision. He is hoping to make his choice around midseason, depending on how visits come together.
Jauregui is One to Watch
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