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Laney High School coach Rodney McFadden has utilized Tyrone Truesdell as a jumbo athlete this season.
In addition to his work as a defensive tackle, the Augusta, Ga., native has lined up along the offensive line and running back.
“He’s gotten a couple of carries,” McFadden said, with a laugh. “It’s funny. We were talking when we first put the wishbone in and I was joking with him … ever since he had a taste of that one carry, ‘Coach, give me the ball 20 times.’”
McFadden’s response: “You’re not (Robert) Nkemdiche.”
Prospects like Nkemdiche don’t show up in every recruiting cycle. However, Truesdell certainly has the potential to make an impact on an SEC defensive line.
Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss and South Carolina are among the suitors from the league vying for his commitment. Louisville and Georgia Tech are his top ACC offers.
The Cardinals, Gamecocks, Gators and Rebels comprise the lead group.
“I think they’re going to get a very big body and surprisingly intelligent guy … you look at him, OK, I don’t know what kind of guy this is, but he’s a really analytical kind of guy,” McFadden said. “He breaks everything down and gives you reasons. Why this? And asks questions. That’ll be good, because he’s not afraid to ask questions.
“I think they’re going to get somebody that is hungry. He wants to prove himself.”
Along Laney’s defensive line, Truesdell plays the 0-technique, though McFadden said most colleges want him to play the 1- or 3-technique.
Georgia Tech is recruiting Truesdell as an offensive lineman.
“I think he’s quick off the ball … has the ability to redirect, change direction and pass rush,” McFadden said. “His pass rush is getting better. In previous years, we chose to take him off on third downs, an almost automatic call.
“We told him, this year, if he works his way and gives that effort that we need, he’ll get those extended downs. So far, he’s proven that. As the season has gone on, he’s gotten better from week to week, from what you want to see.”
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Truesdell’s thoughts on some of his suitors:
South Carolina: “Their main thing is they want me to start and that’s the same thing I want for myself. The way (defensive line coach Lance Thompson) talked to me about it, I know he’s going to keep my best interest at heart. If I’m doing wrong, he’s going to tell me.
“With him, we can sit down and talk, plus he’s cool with most of the people around me, like my support system.”
Florida: “I pretty much like the whole thing, because just of how it’s set up. The coaches and players, I got to meet them before the game. Before, when I was doing the camp, I got to see them work out and stuff. I got to meet some of them, joke around with them and stuff. Coach (Chris) Rumph, he is somewhat of a comedian, but you can tell, when it comes down to the business part, that’s what you’ve got to do.”
Louisville: “They’re up there with me … I’ve been watching them on TV and talking to them after every game. The main thing we just want to do is set up the official visit and get me up there. I’m going to try and see if I can make a game, before the official, just me getting up there. But, if not, I know for a fact I’ve got the official set up.”
Ole Miss: “The thing I like with them is the way their D-linemen come out. They always come out with that motor and the way they come off the ball. That’s how I want to be coached. That’s how I want to come off the ball.”
“I also ended up getting to know coach (Chris) Kiffin and who his father is … everything is set up to where if you’re trying to go to the NFL, they can get you there. They know how to coach you up like how the coaches in the NFL are going to want you.”
Georgia continues to track Truesdell, though he does not have an offer from the Dawgs.
“They were telling me they’ve been watching film on me … pretty much talking to me like every other coach would, pretty much telling me how it would be set up for me and everything. Then, they were telling me to just keep in contact with them and come up more.”
Straight out of Athens
There might come a time when 2017 safety Zay Brown tries to recruit 2019 running back Jonathan Sewell. For now, Brown, who’s been committed to South Carolina since July, is going to let his teammate from Clarke Central High School just go about his business.
Brown, a 3-star prospect, did offer a timetable.
“Maybe his senior year,” he said. “He’s young right now, so he just needs to focus on the team and not the recruiting part.”
The two prospects from Athens, Ga., were offered by South Carolina earlier this summer at Muschamp Camp.
Last Saturday, Brown returned to Columbia to watch South Carolina play Massachusetts. The 6-foot, 180-pound recruit kept a close eye on the Gamecocks secondary.
“They give them chances to make plays and they sub in and out on a rotation,” he said.
Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson are recruiting Brown to play either the nickel or safety positions.
The Gamecocks coaches spoke with Brown before the 34-28 win.
“(They were) happy that I came and can’t wait for me to come up for good,” Brown said.
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