Few linemen are bigger in the 2008 recruiting class than Rivals250 to watch offensive tackle Nick Lepak. The 6-foot-5, 340-pounder out of Auburn, N.Y. already holds one offer and plenty of other interest is on the way.
"So far Syracuse has verbally offered him," Auburn head coach Dave Moskov said. "He's getting solid interest from Virginia, Notre Dame, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers, Connecticut and a wide range of other schools. Things are really heating up for him."
Does anyone lead for the huge lineman?
"Not at all," he said. "He's mentioned to me that he's not locked into one school and has expressed an interest at looking around."
Last season Lepak earned first team all-state, league and area honors after averaging eight pancakes a game. Moskov discussed what makes his lineman stand out over others in the country.
"Physically he's just dominant," he said. "He plays extremely well with his hands in the pass and run. When he gets hands on a player, he puts them on the ground with his leverage. I'd say right now he's a little bit stronger of a pass blocker as he didn't give up a sack all year.
"He's also extremely strong. He benches over 400, squats over 600 and is extremely aggressive on the field. On top of that, he just turned 16-years old."
Moskov went on to talk about his star player off the field.
"There's never a discipline problem with him," he said. "He's a good student that only missed one day of school all year. He volunteers in the community and is a team captain."