One of the rising offensive line prospects in the state of Georgia is Jefferson County's Fernando Velasco.
A 6-foot-4, 325-pound tackle, Velasco has seen recruiting interest pick up
considerably heading into the summer camp scene.
"He's big time," Jefferson County coach J.B. Arnold said. "I don't usually brag on too many of mine, but he's an exception. We talking about a kid with a 6-4, 325-pound frame, good feet, extremely agile - he can dunk a basketball with two hands from a standing position - and good strength at this point in his career. He's one of the best pass blockers I've been around."
Velasco graded out at 93 percent and recorded 44 pancake blocks as a junior.
He surrendered only one sack all season.
"I love pass blocking," Velasco said. "I'm pretty good at run blocking, too,
but right now pass blocking is probably my strength. I've got good technique and
I'm aggressive in my pass blocking."
It's shaping up to be a busy summer for the big man, who plans to camp at Clemson (June 8), Auburn (June 15), Florida or South Carolina (June 22) and Georgia (July 12). Not coincidentally, those are among his favorite schools.
"I grew up a Georgia fan," Velasco said. "So that's always been my favorite team. I'd love to be able to go there, but I'm keeping an open mind right now. I just want to be in a good program where they have a good football atmosphere, some place I can fit in and hopefully get some early playing time."
Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina have shown the most interest of late, he said. None have given an official offer, but he hopes that will change after completing the camp schedule.