RECRUITING: OU gaining ground for talented OL

Coveted Carrollton, Texas lineman expected to visit Norman this weekend


Abner wasn't well-known at the beginning of the season, but now when it counts in recruiting he is one of the hottest offensive line prospects in Texas. A 3-year starter at left guard, Estrada is considered a dominating offensive lineman who blows defenders off the line of scrimmage. Estrada finished the year with 66 pancake blocks while not allowing any sacks all season. Estrada can bench 325 pounds, squats 450 and he throws the discus in track.

JH: You weren't well know early, but as of late you have become one of the top offensive line prospects in the country. Why weren't you better known early?

AE: A lot of schools called me, but early I was just interested in Miami and Nebraska. Oklahoma contacted me later and was glad to hear it. Oklahoma is a school that I grew up rooting for. Once they offered that added a third school on my list to look at.

JH: You are visiting Oklahoma, so what do you know about them?

AE: They told me that as soon as I walk on campus for two a-days that I would be second string and I like the fact that I could play early. I was already impressed with their facilities when I visited unofficially this summer, yet I know they are improving them and that is impressive to me. I have already seen just about everything and the academic center is more than I could imagine.

JH: Who did you visit last weekend?

AE: I just visit Miami this past weekend. Miami was great. I liked their coaches, players and their campus was beautiful. I got a chance to hang around with the players and they are real tight like brothers. I think Miami plays the type of lineman that I am. They don't play tall linemen inside, instead going for more athletic lineman like I am. Oklahoma plays a little bit bigger linemen, but they are athletic as well and more like me.

JH: What do you know about Nebraska?

AE: The Nebraska linemen are the really big guys that so many colleges want. I was kind of surprised that they started recruiting me, because I am not a huge offensive lineman. I was really surprised, but they have a good football program and they are one school where the fans love the offensive lineman.

JH: You seem to know what you are looking for in a college program, can you do all the research on a team like you need to?

AE: Yeah, I ask a bunch of questions, especially on my trip to Miami. I asked a bunch of their linemen how big they were when they first came on campus. Most told me, especially the guards, that they weighed 255 or 260 and that is kind of like me. I am just looking for a program that gets the best use of an offensive lineman with my style like Miami does and Oklahoma in many ways.

JH: Can you compare Miami to any other school?

AE: No, not really. I really can't compare Miami to anybody else, because I haven't been anywhere else. That is why I am looking forward to my visit this weekend, because I will get a chance to compare Miami and Oklahoma.

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