July 1, 2008

Sirles considering early commitment

One of the top offensive tackle prospects in the west is Lakewood (Colo.) Bear Creek standout Jeremiah Sirles, the No. 41 recruit at the position nationally.

Sirles has had an active off-season, gaining size and strength and picking up offers a long the way.

"I'm up to ten offers," the massive 6-foot-8, 300-pounder said. "Kansas State, Nebraska, Colorado State, Louisville, New Mexico, Northwestern, Oregon, ASU, Texas Tech and Cal."

"The summer is going real good," Sirles said. "I'm feeling really good. I'm just trying to get bigger, stronger, faster, the usual goals. I'm trying to lose weight but put on muscle. For the first time I got my benchpress over my weight, up to 3145 pounds.

"We do core Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday focusing on squat, bench and clean and then we go out and run and do auxiliary stuff in between. I'm just trying to get lean and I go out there and go all out in my lifts and my running to try to get there."

Sirles, who said he's primarily being recruited to play left tackle, is considering an early commitment if he's able to identify the right fit.

"Coach (Barney) Cotton and coach (Bo.) Pelini were so great to me when I went to Nebraska," Sirles said. "Coach Pelini spent like an hour and forty-five minutes talking to me which was pretty special. You don't get that from too many head coaches at that level.

"I'm looking to visit Oregon unofficially coming up here pretty soon, on the 17th we're going and on the 18th we're meeting them. Nebraska and Oregon are schools I really like but if I am not feeling like it's totally right, as far as committing, I'll wait until the fall and take official visits. I'm not the type of person to rush it or de-commit. I take it very seriously. I'm waiting for the feeling when you step on that campus and know that's the place you want to go.

"I still have to see some of these other schools on my list if I don't feel that before taking official visits. I like a lot of the other schools recruiting me too and am considering all the offers seriously. I'm not sure yet where I'd visit if I do take official visits but I'll look at a lot of these offers.

Sirles said that he's happy with the way things have gone thus far, and he's clear on what he's looking for in a school.

"I think it's going real well so far," he said. "Coaches go through the depth charts at their schools and talk about either their youth at tackle or other coaches talk about the guys that they'll have graduating so I'd be able to come in there and reshirt and then have a chance to play as a redshirt freshman.

That's important to me because I want to have that opportunity; not to be guaranteed a starting spot but to have a realistic shot at playing early. I'm also looking at going to a place that definitely has a stable staff. I don't want to be somewhere and have the coaching staff leave by the time I'm a sophomore because then new coaches come in and they want to go with their players. So I want stability, a place I can try to get on the field early and good academics."


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