Alabama OL: "Vanderbilt is close to offering"

The state of Alabama is loaded with top offensive line prospects. A new prospect seems to emerge each week who has been flying under the radar. Mark Melichar, from Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, is a big offensive lineman who has reeled in three scholarship offers. He has attended several camps, and his stock is continuing to rise.

"I have received offers from Southern Miss, Central Florida, and Samford," said Mark Melichar. "I feel like Vanderbilt is close to offering as well."

The 6-5, 276-pound lineman has attended several summer camps, and Melichar performed well at each camp. "I have been to Alabama, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, and Vanderbilt for their camps," he said. "I am going to Auburn's camp July 16. All the camps were pretty much the same. We worked on a lot of technique, one-on-one drills, and all the coaching staffs were great. The Ole Miss camp stood out a little bit more because all the coaches were very intense."

Melichar goes into detail about his camp experiences.

Alabama: "There were a lot of great players at Alabama. There were some really good defensive ends. Coach [Bob] Connelly is a great coach. I think I did good during the one-on-one drills. I thought the camp was overall very good."

Ole Miss: "The Ole Miss camp was pretty intense. I enjoyed working with Coach DeLeone. He was very critical. Coach Orgeron has the program heading in the right direction."

Southern Miss: "I went to Southern Miss this past weekend. It went well. I met my recruiting coach, Coach [Fred] Tate, and I met Coach [Jeff] Bower."

Vanderbilt: "There were a lot of good recruits there. Coach [Robbie] Caldwell is a great offensive line coach. I felt like it was one of my best camps. I ran a 5.29 in the forty at the camp."


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When asked if he was ready to name favorites, Melichar replied, "Not really. I am going to take all my visits in the fall. I want to find the best place for me."

"I grew up an Auburn fan, but Alabama has been showing a lot of interest in me. They are showing more interest in me than Auburn. I pull for both Alabama and Auburn since recruiting started," added Melichar.

During his junior season, the Oak Mountain lineman was named All-Shelby County, Birmingham News All-Metro Honorable Mention, and was nominated to play in the Alabama Junior All-Star game. Melichar is working hard during the summer and has a lot of strengths, but wants to improve one key area of his game.

"I would have to say my strength is my pass blocking," he said. "I have been told I have good footwork. I have been working on my run blocking this summer, and it's getting better."

Before making a final decision, Melichar will evaluate several key aspects of each school. "I will definitely look at the coaching staffs. I want to surround myself with good people who I will spend the next 4-5 years of my life with. I will check out the school. I want to get a good education. I want to get my degree," said Melichar.


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