Tennessee's Best O Lineman, Andrew Jelks, Picks Alabama as One of His Favorites

Larry BurtonSenior Writer IJune 12, 2011

Andrew Jelks, from Paris, Tennessee puts Bama on his short list.
Andrew Jelks, from Paris, Tennessee puts Bama on his short list.

Nick Saban likes his offensive tackles to come in at least 6'6'' and at least 275 lbs. He wants them to have a long reach and broad shoulders he can put more muscle on. In addition, he wants them to already have quick feet and the basic fundamentals already in place.

And this week, such a prospect has declared that Alabama is among his favorite four, offensive tackle Andrew Jelks, a 4-star prospect from Paris, Tennessee.

His other top three choices are his SEC home state schools, Tennessee and Vanderbilt and the other is Mississippi State. His father is a lifelong Vol fan and he grew up himself watching the Vols with his father, but according to Andrew, that isn't as big a factor as some think.

But just because he's finally narrowed it down to four schools, that doesn't mean that others won't also make a favorite list down the road.

Why? Jelks currently holds offers from at least a dozen other schools and more are sure to be on the way, especially when schools see his perfect 4.0 core grade point average and how he plans on gaining an additional 15 to 20 pounds of muscle.

He currently benches just over 285 pounds and squats 325 and knows he needs to pump those numbers up along with his weight to be an optimum prospect, and that's just what he intends to do.

In long term thinking, Jelks could be the replacement tackle for D.J. Fluker at right tackle. He would hit campus in 2012 and possibly red shirt to learn the offense and get a year of Scott Cochran's weight room regimen under him and then take over for Fluker, who will be at the end of his fourth year and a likely NFL draft pick.