There are freakish athletes and then there is Memphis (TN) Briarcrest Christian offensive tackle Michael Oher. The 6-foot-5, 330 pound behemoth runs the 40 yard dash in 4.9 seconds.
“He’s amazing,” said Briarcrest head coach Hugh Freeze. “He’s just a tremendously blessed athlete to be so big and move like he does. He has all the tools that will take him all the way to the NFL if he works hard.”
Oher boasts a 300 pound bench press and an equally impressive 500 pound squat. The big man has the offers to prove he is big time.
“He’s got a ton,” Freeze said. “Tennessee, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, NC State, Ole Miss, Memphis, Michigan, North Carolina, West Virginia, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Miami have all offered. There is more, but really there are too many to name.
The only school that I can think of off the top of my head that has not offered him a scholarship is USC. I’m sure all I would have to do is pick up the phone and call them, send them a tape and I’m sure he would have an offer from them also.”
As a junior Oher earned all-state honors in the private school ranks.
“He’s just a special, special kid. He could play tight end for us if we needed him to because he is so lean and has so much speed. He doesn’t look 330 pounds because he carries it so well and he is just solid muscle.”
Oher said that he does not feel a lot of pressure to stay in the city of Memphis or even the state of Tennessee for that matter.
“I’m not ruling anyone out, but I have some schools that I am looking at really hard,” said Oher. “My top schools right now are NC State, Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Michigan and Memphis”
Oher has already taken visits to Mississippi State, Tennessee, Memphis, North Carolina State and Ole Miss. Did one of those stand out enough to be his leader?
“I would say that the two schools that stand out the most are NC State and Ole Miss,” said Oher. “NC State may be slightly ahead, but I really like both. I’m just going to look around and take visits mainly, because I’m not ruling anyone out right now.”
What makes the Wolfpack stand out above the others?
“When I went there for junior day I just really liked everything about it,” said Oher. “The coaches all seemed like really good guys and I just got a good feeling when I was there.
I’m not really looking for the program that is on top of the mountain and I’m not looking for the school that is on the bottom of the pile either. I want to go to a school that is getting better and better and that is building toward a national championship. I feel like that is where NC State and Ole Miss are headed and that is another reason they stand out.”
He went on to say that he hopes to pursue a major in business.