June 12, 2011

Tide makes cut for OL Jelks

Andrew Jelks, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound offensive lineman from Paris, Tenn., recently narrowed his college choices to Alabama, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Jelks, one of the top prospects in the state of Tennessee, has been impressed by the Crimson Tide program.

"The rich tradition Alabama has is just awesome," Jelks said. "Playing for Coach (Nick) Saban and the chance to win a championship every year would be a great experience. I've talked with Coach Saban and he said that he likes what I'm doing. I mean, it's Nick Saban, and he liked it.

"I think it would be awesome to block for great players," he said. "Blocking for Trent (Richardson) or someone like that would be great. If I end up at Alabama, it would be a great success."

Although Jelks is a Tennessee native and his father is a fan of the Vols, the rising offensive lineman said none of that matters when it comes to making his decision.

"My dad wants what is best for me," Jelks said. "He wants me to take my time and let the decision be all mine. He said he'll support my decision 100 percent. I'm going to do what's right for me."

The Henry County High School star said his high school coaches haven't pushed him towards a school.

"They just want me to take all of my visits before committing," he said. "They told me to take my time and not to rush into anything."

For now, Jelks is focused on hitting the weight room and trying to get bigger before the summer ends.

"I need to get my weight up and get stronger," Jelks said. "I'd like to be at 275 pounds, that's what the coaches want."

Last week, Jelks visited Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He has plans to visit Ole Miss next weekend before making a trip to Tuscaloosa on June 23.

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