September 24, 2008

Alabama OT getting Ole Miss interest

Prattville, Ala. offensive tackle Alex Sparrow is Ole Miss' for the taking - the only thing that is standing between Sparrow and the Rebels is an official offer.

"I'd commit to Ole Miss right now if they offered," Sparrow said on Tuesday evening. "I really like them - they're a great school."

Sparrow, who the Ole Miss staff continues to evaluate, has many of the qualities in which Rebel offensive line coach Mike Markuson is looking. At 6-foot-7, 302 pounds, he has the size to play offensive tackle, a position Markuson will have to fill next season with the loss of senior left tackle Michael Oher or in 2011, after right tackle John Jerry exhausts his eligibility.

While Ole Miss hasn't offered many high school offensive linemen that are currently uncommitted, it's clear they do have an eye on Sparrow.

"Coach Markuson has called about every week since the beginning of September," Sparrow said. "I think they are really interested. He's telling me that they want big offensive linemen who are aggressive and they are really, really looking at me. He also said he likes my size, my footwork, and how I use my hands."

Sparrow was in Oxford last July for the Rebels' senior camp and raved over his camp experience as well as the facilities and campus. It clearly put Ole Miss as the team to beat if coaches decide he fits into team needs.

An offer from Houston is currently his only offer, but he is also hearing from Alabama, Auburn, Southern Miss, Troy, Kentucky, Marshall, and Purdue.

Markuson has encouraged Sparrow to take an unofficial visit to Oxford soon.

"I'm probably going to come up for the South Carolina game," Sparrow said. "Then I'll look to take an official visit after the season, probably in December."

"I think what Ole Miss wants to do is make a decision about me after their season is over," he continued. "That's probably when I'll know if I'm getting an offer or not."

Sparrow said he watched the televised replay of the Rebels loss to Vanderbilt and was shocked that a team that had as many yards on offense and in the return game managed to lose the game, but that he saw many positives with the direction the program is headed.

Sparrow played last fall on a Prattville team that finished 16-0 and won the 6-A state championship. His team is off to a 3-1 start this season.

Sparrow has a 3.0 GPA made 19 on his first ACT attempt.

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