January 3, 2012

Outlaw turning heads

ATLANTA - The Georgia Rising Seniors Bowl was full of big, talented offensive linemen, but none, perhaps, have the upside of Martin Luther King offensive lineman Joshua Outlaw.

At 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, Outlaw started at left tackle for the East team that lost 28-20 to the West, and showed some impressive flashes in practice and in the game.

The Peach State prospect allowed the entire Rising Seniors event to be a learning experience and springboard for his recruitment and senior season.

"It was great to be here, man. I got a chance to see how I compare to these guys, and a good time," said Outlaw. "There were some big, fast defensive players, and I think I did pretty good. I think it made me better."

Outlaw was up and down in practice all week as he would look like one of the most dominant offensive linemen in the state on one play, and then struggle a bit on the next, but he understands that consistency will come with more repetition.

"I'm not at my best yet," said Outlaw. "I'm going to keep working to get better. I'm going to work hard, and be the best I can be."

Outlaw currently holds offers from South Carolina and Eastern Kentucky, and is hearing from a number of other schools.

With all due respect to those two offers, Outlaw is looking for another, specific offer.

"I would say my dream offer is UGA," he said. "I am hearing from them a lot right now. I really like the coaches there and the facilities. I like the direction of the program and how they treat me and talk to me. They are a really good school and I would love to have the offer from them."

The MLK star is being recruited as a guard at the next level, but he would like to be given a chance to excel at another position.

"I'm hearing schools talk about recruiting me at guard," he said. "I'm fine with that, but I would like to be given a chance to play tackle. It doesn't really matter to me, honestly, but I would like a chance to play tackle to see what I can do."

Making a decision is always one of the hardest parts of the recruiting process, but Outlaw has yet to get to that point as he still has some things he wants to see first.

"I don't know when I'll decide really. It all depends on what happens this summer," said Outlaw. "I want to see who offers and see those schools, and then I'll decide. I don't have a date set or anything."

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