Gaughan Looking To Official Visits

Dunmore (PA) offensive tackle Paul Gaughan recently took a tour through the Midwest, making stops at Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan. Gaughan has a lot of impressive offers, but will there be any more before he narrows down his list of official visits?

One of the schools that may still offer Gaughan is in-state Pittsburgh. He's kept in contact with the Panthers a little.

"The last thing I heard from them, when I talked to them, was that they haven't extended out any new offers for offensive tackles," Gaughan said. "They said they're taking one tackle for 2011. They said they're taking it slow."

Perhaps the Panthers are waiting for decisions from four of the offered prospects, who are uncommitted at this time--which include the nation's top offensive tackle, Cyrus Kouandjio, Jay Whitmire, Donovan Smith and Keith Lumpkin.

Gaughan took a few unofficial visits this month, to Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan.

"All the schools are different," Gaughan said. "Wisconsin, they have the offensive line tradition. They seem to have an offensive lineman drafted in the NFL every year. With Northwestern, their coaching staff just signed a seven-year deal, so they'll be there if I decide to go there. Michigan, that's another tradition place. Everything is built around their football stadium."

Gaughan's Dunmore team will start two-a-days in three weeks, and will open the season against North Pocono. At this point, he said he's looking to narrow down all the schools that have offered him, and try to pick the five schools he will take official visits to. Are there any leaders?

"There's no favorites right now, everybody's even," Gaughan said.

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