February 8, 2011

Georgia OL looking closely at Ohio State

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The Buckeyes are hoping that they can continue to strike where the iron has been hot in the state of Georgia when it comes to class of 2012 offensive tackle Alex Jauregui. The 6-foot-7, 295-pounder hails from the same high school that produced current Buckeye Bradley Roby and former Buckeye Cameron Heyward.

The marriage between Suwanee (Ga.) and Columbus (Ohio) seems highly unlikely but ever since the Buckeyes started spending time in the Atlanta suburb the two have gotten along quite nicely to the benefit of everyone involved.

"The Buckeyes are huge down here and everyone at our school loves Ohio State," Jauregui said. "Especially with Cam projected to go so high in the draft."

Recently the big tackle has been getting a lot of love from Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Carolina but the Buckeyes have been in the thick of things as well and Ohio State's overtures have not gone unnoticed by Alex.

"I really want to go up there and take a visit," Jauregui said. "I have never been north to Ohio and from what I have seen them do it seems like they do a great job up there with these guys including with the strength and conditioning."

During the final push for 2011 Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel made a stop by Peachtree Ridge high school to check in on things. Per NCAA regulations there were strict limits to the amount of contact that was allowed between a college coach and a current junior but it was still exciting for Alex.

"It was amazing because I never knew they were looking at me," Jauregui said. "I come down and coach Tressel is there. He really couldn't say anything but it was really shocking."

But even with all of the recent success that the Buckeyes have had at his high school nothing will be handed to either party and Alex wants to keep his options open at this point.

"I am open to anyone right now but especially the ACC and the SEC," Jauregui said. "But I am really starting to like the Big Ten and (the old Big 12). I am just pretty open right now."

The Buckeyes focused solely on the interior line in the recruiting class of 2011 and will need to take more than one tackle in the class of 2012. Ohio State already has a pledge from BuckeyeGrove.com's No. 1 offensive tackle in the state of Ohio, Kyle Kalis, but there is room for at least on more and Alex could fit the bill. Jauregui admits that geography is not going to limit his decision making process.

"I could see myself playing anywhere in the country," Jauregui said. "I would like to live in the area that I choose to go to college after school and help as the future guys come by."

The big offensive tackle has not even begun to think about a timeline with no verbal offers in his pocket as of yet but he has started to think about what will be important to him when it comes to deciding upon a school.

"How early a school showed interest in me will be a factor, at least some," Jauregui said. "The campus and the coaches and how the current players feel about the coaches will mean a lot too. I will take all of that and more into consideration."


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