August 21, 2009

In-state center talks Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide have feasted on the in-state crop of offensive line recruits over the last several years and that streak may continue as one of the top linemen of 2011 class is already receiving interest from the Tide. Spanish Fort center Reese Dismukes was a standout at Alabama's camp over the summer and now says both the Tide and their arch rivals are giving him plenty of attention.

"I'm hearing from Alabama and Auburn a good bit at this point," said Dismukes. "Appalachian State and South Alabama have also been in touch but obviously getting an offer from an SEC school would be huge for me.

The 6-foot-3, 272-pound true center said that while he excels in the basics of offensive line play, it's the mental aspect of the center position that has impressed his coaches and college recruiters.

"I've always been a good blocker in general but I think what my coaches really like about me right now is that I always know what's going on. I can read a defense and make good decisions and that's something you have to do as a center. It's not just about beating the man right in front of you. Sometimes you have to be aware of the entire line."

While Dismukes has grown up with a preferred team in the Iron Bowl, he does not believe it will have an affect on his final college decision.

"I grew up an Auburn fan but I'm really determined to not let that affect my decision. I'm making a choice that will affect my future career and really my entire life and it really shouldn't have anything to do with being a fan. I'm going to make my decision based on which school gives me the best opportunity to play and which one seems to be the most interested in me."

"I'm not planning on stringing it all out until Signing Day for sure. I'm going to visit all the schools that are interested and when I find the right place and the offer is on the table, I'll take it."

For now, Dismukes is preparing for the start of his junior campaign with Spanish Fort, in which he hopes to continue to build his reputation as one of the state's elite offensive linemen.

"This season I really want to try to gain some more weight and just get bigger in general, be more of a presence on the line. Obviously, I'd love to help lead my team to state but my personal goal is to not give up any sacks all season."


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