July 11, 2009

Four-star OT visits AU; adds baseball offer

As one of the South's most highly recruited prospects, Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison Central standout Wes Rea is facing a tough decision.

And it's not just about what college to attend.

First, the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder has to choose between football and baseball or possibly play both on the next level.

The decision won't come easy.

"I'm not sure. I'm wide open right now," Rea said. "I could just play baseball. I could just play football. I could do both. No telling.

"I'll probably base (the school I choose) off of if I'm going to do both or if I'm just going to do one. That's going to be my No. 1 priority in figuring out."

Rea already has a number of football scholarships to choose from including Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Nebraska, Colorado, Stanford, Southern Miss, Duke and Tulane.

He added a baseball offer from Auburn this weekend and now the Tigers, MSU and Tulane have offered Rea in both sports.

"All the baseball offers are coming in right now," he said. "After I kind of see what baseball is going to do, I'll know after that."

Playing both could present a problem for Rea, who is a pitcher and first baseman in baseball and an offensive tackle in football.

"If they're going to be lenient and be able to tell me, 'Okay, we're going to keep you around 280, 290 -- baseball shape, and be able to still do football,' then I'll be able to do it," he said.

"But if I have to get to 300-320 pounds it's going to be tough to do."

Rea said it would be later this fall, after he has an opportunity to visit more schools, before he can start narrowing his schools or make a decision of any kind.

"When I'm able to visit them more I'll be able to say if I have a favorite or not," he said. "If they're truly considering me playing both sports, it will have something (to do with my decision) but if I like the school, I like the school."

Rea has only visited two schools this year -- LSU for a Junior Day in January and Auburn for a few days this week. Rea was playing with the Louisiana Knights in a wooden bat tournament in Auburn the past three days.

Between games Saturday, he visited Auburn's football complex and toured all the facilities including Jordan-Hare Stadium. After game two Saturday evening, he spent nearly an hour meeting with AU offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.

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