June 21, 2011

Offensive lineman continues SEC tour

Paris (Henry County), Tenn., offensive tackle Andrew Jelks isn't ready to make a decision.

In fact, the three-star standout concedes he's likely going to need to take some official visits this fall before he's ready to pick his future home.

However, after a summer full of visits, Jelks is fairly confident of one thing - he's going to play in the Southeastern Conference.

That feeling was only solidified following Jelks' weekend trip to Ole Miss. Jelks spent the better part of 48 hours checking out Oxford and the Rebels, talking in depth with head coach Houston Nutt and offensive line coach Mike Markuson.

"They just told me how they plan to use me," Jelks said. " They want me to play left tackle and they said they're in dire need at that position."

"It's a great football town to be in. The indoor practice facility was really, really nice. The campus was beautiful. It was top-notch."

Jelks has now checked out Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. He'll visit Alabama Friday, and he's hopeful LSU will soon extend a scholarship offer as well.

"I'm trying to look for a place where I look the best," Jelks said. "I want to get that 'home' feeling and a place where I fit in great with the players and the coaches also.

"All these places, I feel like I could fit in perfectly with the staff and the players they have. It's going to be a tough decision. …I feel like it's going to be somewhere in the SEC."

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Jelks said he "wouldn't mind getting out of the way early, but I'm not going to rush the decision. I don't want to make the wrong one," adding that he's leaning towards waiting until he has a chance to take several official visits in the fall."

Jelks said he also wants to see how things unfold in the upcoming season.

"They talk about programs going up and up, but I want to see it happen on the field," Jelks said. "I want to see what (Vanderbilt) Coach (James) Franklin brings from a scheme standpoint and see how they play under him.

"I just want to see an improvement (at Ole Miss). I just want to know that program is improving and not going downhill. That's the main thing."

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