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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Signee profile: OG Thomas O'Reilly

Thomas O'Reilly, an offensive guard from Marietta, Ga., is another of Auburn's three early enrollees, in school in time to go through spring drills.

The 6-foot-3, 315-pound O'Reilly is ranked the highest by ESPN, which lists him as the No. 145 overall and as the No. 8 guard. He was a Class AAAA first-team all-state selection and played in the U.S. Under Armour All-American game.

With the Tigers having lost starters Byron Isom and Mike Berry to graduation, they're in need of guards, with few veteran players on the roster experienced at the position.

He's well-versed in a run-based offense, having played in one at Pope High, but he'll need to refine his pass blocking skills.

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  • Committed: April 13, 2010
  • Recruited by: Ted Roof, Jeff Grimes
  • Also considered: Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Florida State, Duke, Vanderbilt
  • Rivals: 43 position, 64 state
  • Scout: 30 position
  • ESPN: 145 overall, 8 position
  • Notable: Although he's a guard, he played center for the first time this season for Pope High because of an injury to a teammate.
  • Quotable: "Auburn has a great family atmosphere and I feel at home there. Every time I go to Auburn I feel welcomed." -- Reilly

Here's a scouting report by Scout:
O'Reilly is an offensive guard with good power, good feet, and good toughness. He likes to battle in the trenches and he does a good job getting out to the second level as well. He tends to lean forward a little too much and that causes him to get off balance in both run blocks and pass protection. He also needs to work on his hands and holding his blocks longer. He has a nice initial block, but he does not drive opponents down field.

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