#1 ranked prospect in the state of Georgia for the Class of 2004 because of his vast potential more so than what he did on the field. He still has a bright future ahead of him, and a trip to Reedley Community College in California has given him the chance to grow into his potential out of the limelight. I caught up with Reedley Head Coach Michael White, and we talked about the progress the Big Man is making."/>

Checking in on 2004's #1 Prospect

Eric McLendon

Eric McLendon was the <a href="http://georgia.theinsiders.com/3/2004Top100.html">#1 ranked prospect in the state of Georgia</a> for the Class of 2004 because of his vast potential more so than what he did on the field. He still has a bright future ahead of him, and a trip to Reedley Community College in California has given him the chance to grow into his potential out of the limelight. I caught up with Reedley Head Coach Michael White, and we talked about the progress the Big Man is making.

Eric McLendon is likely the most physically gifted big man I've seen in three years. At 6-5 and change and 290 pounds, McLendon moves like a linebacker, but as a high school player, he was a raw prospect that needed time to develop. He is getting that time out at Reedley Community College in California under the tutelage of Head Coach Michael White.

"Eric is doing well for us," said White. "He's running second team right now at defensive tackle. He's got a lot to learn as far as his pad level and playing with leverage, but he is working hard."

White mentioned that McLendon really struggled in the first game, but being a hard worker, there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel.

"We have a defensive line coach that has put 17 kids into Division 1 schools, so, he knows what he is doing."

Was there ever any thought of McLendon making a move to offensive tackle?

"We thought of that, but Georgia really wants him at defensive tackle, and we saw enough improvement between his 1st game and his 2nd game, that I think he'll be fine on defense."

McLendon left for Reedley in January of 2004 with the hope of possibly finishing his junior college work in 18 months and becoming part of the Class of 2005 next August. That is a rough course load for anyone, but is it a possibility?

"That's not going to happen. He's going to be here for two years."

The pressure of big time college football is a lot to handle for anyone. With McLendon spending two years at a junior college, he is getting a chance to develop outside of the glaring spotlight of SEC Football, and the plan is for him to join the Georgia team in 2006. Like he does everything else, big Eric McLendon will quietly go about his business in California until that time comes.

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