Hoosiers in Top Five for OL Prospect Tyler Pritchett

 Talented offensive line prospect Tyler Pritchett announced that the Hoosiers are one of his top five schools. Photo Credit (Dennis Victory / preps@al.com)

Talented offensive line prospect Tyler Pritchett announced that the Hoosiers are one of his top five schools. Photo Credit (Dennis Victory / preps@al.com)

Written By: Nick Holmes (HoosierHolmes)

Over the last four years Kevin Wilson and his staff have made a concerted effort to recruit the south, adding prospects from Florida, Louisiana and Georgia. One talent-rich southern state the Hoosiers have yet to build a recruiting pipeline into is Alabama. However, they are hoping that changes this year with offensive line prospect Tyler Pritchett.

The Hoosiers took a step in the right direction this afternoon when National Recruiting Director for Rival.com Mike Farrell reported on Twitter that Pritchett had recently announced a top five that included Indiana along with Louisville, Missouri, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

While the Hoosiers face stiff competition for the talented athlete, especially if the Buckeyes enter the mix after Pritchett stated that Ohio State was his “dream school” in an interview last fall with al.com, it wouldn’t be the first time Wilson and company have beat out blue blood programs for a prospect. 

In the same interview he also mentioned which factors loomed largest in his recruitment. However, based on his top five it appears like one of these factors has lost its primacy.

“For me it's about playing time and what's the best fit for me. I want my parents to be able to see me play and never have to struggle to figure out whether they're going to get out there. So that's the most important to me -- playing time and being close to home."

After an outstanding junior season at Auburn High School, the three-star prospect was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2014 All-State 7A team.

While he lines up at offensive tackle in high school, the 6-foot 3, 288 pound senior-to-be already possesses the size coaching staffs are looking for along the interior of the offensive line. In addition to his great size, Pritchett reportedly possesses an 80-inch wingspan.   

In addition to his top five, Pritchett also holds offers from Akron, Arizona, Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Clemson, Georgia State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, South Alabama, and Southern Mississippi.