May 10, 2010

Tide in top five for sophomore OL

At 6-foot-4, 303-pounds, Oxford lineman Michael Flint stands out on the field as one of the most massive sophomore prospects in the state and according to the star tackle, who currently holds nine scholarship offers, he still may have plenty of growing to do.

"None of the schools have really said much to me about positions so far because I'm still growing right now," Flint said. "They have all been big on my run blocking so I think right now most of them look at me as a guard at the college level but if I continue to get bigger I could definitely grow into a tackle."

Flint is receiving plenty of attention from college programs around the nation after an impressive sophomore season in which he consistently dominated the competition from his right tackle spot, regularly pancaking defenders.

"I've already had a bunch of coaches from different schools come to watch me at practice. I think there could be some more offers on the way soon but for now I'm still just sort of taking everything in and learning what I can about the schools that have offered so far."

Flint said he is nowhere near ready to make any decisions about his college destination but that one school has stood out so far in terms of the attention they've shown him.

"I've told Auburn that they are at the top of my list right now. My whole family grew up Auburn fans and for a long time I was an Alabama fan just because I wanted to be different. So far Auburn has shown me more love than anybody else but there's definitely still time for other schools."

Meanwhile, the defending national champions across the state have also extended an offer to Flint and have shown the sophomore star enough attention to remain in solid position.

"I talk to Alabama a lot, mostly Coach (Bobby) WIlliams and Coach (Joe) Pendry. I got a chance to go watch some of their spring practices and I've talked just kind of generally with their coaches. I will probably take another visit this summer to get a better feel for things and talk to their coaches a little more in depth."

"It's still early but right now I'd say my top five in order are Auburn, then Alabama and LSU tied for second, then Oregon and either Notre Dame or UCLA. That's probably where I will take my five official visits but things could change."

While Flint isn't planning to attend any camps this summer, he does hope to learn much more about the schools that have offered him thus far and perhaps even narrow down his list by the start of his junior season.

"I don't really have any firm plan about when I want to make a decision. I am going to the Nike combine in Tuscaloosa on May 22 and then I'll probably spend the rest of the summer taking unofficial visits. Whenever it feels right and I feel like I don't have any doubts, I will make my decision."

Flint boasts a 370-pound bench press and a 535-pound squat. He also holds a 3.7 GPA in the classroom.

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