While competing in basketball this winter, Daphne, Ala., standout football player T.J. Yeldon, one of the South's most coveted running backs, lost a good 15 pounds.
With that, some of his strength vanished.
That became apparent during his first day of offseason football conditioning last week.
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"Oh my God," Yeldon told Rivals.com. "It was the worst thing ever. My body was so sore and so slow I could barely move."
Now, he's doing significantly better.
"This will be my fourth day back," Yeldon said. "I do two workouts a day. I work out at the high school, then go to train [at a gym]. I'm getting there. It won't take long."
It will, however, take the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Yeldon some time to make a decision about where he will play in college, or even narrow the field of contenders.
On Wednesday, Oregon became the latest to offer, and by doing so joined Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, Penn State, Tennessee and UAB.
"I don't really have any leaders right now," Yeldon said. "I'm still pretty open. I'll probably [trim his list of schools) in the summertime. I want some time to myself, to sit down and go over all the schools. Then I'll narrow it down to like five."
Two programs seem likely to make the cut - Alabama and Auburn.
"They're in the mix," Yeldon said.
According to Yeldon, who carries a 3.1 GPA, he has been to both schools this calendar year. Next up is a trip to a program in the SEC's eastern division.
"Me and [defensive end] Ryan Anderson -- he's my teammate - we plan on taking a trip to Tennessee soon," Yeldon said.