March 1, 2011

Memphis offensive lineman taking his time

Thanks to his father's experience, Ben Still basically knew what to expect when the recruiting blitz hit.

So the 6-foot-3, 285-pound son of former Tennessee offensive lineman/team captain Eric Still is taking the process in stride.

Still, who picked up early offers from Ole Miss and Memphis, has checked out junior days at Georgia and Mississippi State in recent weeks and will attend Arkansas' function this weekend.

"Tulane is close to offering me," Still said. "Mississippi State and Arkansas are talking to me a lot. It's kind of been what I expected. My dad prepared me for it."

Still hasn't heard a lot from his father's alma mater. Eric Still was the Vols' team captain in 1989.

"I grew up a Vol fan, but they've taken a lot of offensive linemen the last couple of years," Still said. "They'd have to show me they really wanted me and really needed me."

Ole Miss has done just that. Still isn't naming a leader, but the Rebels have clearly made a strong early impression.

"I really like everything about Ole Miss," Still said. "I really like the coaches. I like going there. I like the college town."

Still, who said he plans to go visit Memphis Wednesday to talk to the Tigers' offensive line coach, said he's in no hurry to make a decision.

"I really don't want to worry about it too much in-season," Still said. "I don't want to wait until National Signing Day either. I feel like some people are just in it for the attention. I want to make a decision a couple of weeks after my season is over and start focusing on that school."

Still said he wants to improve his overall balance and footwork in the next few months.

"I really stressed before my junior season on pass blocking," Still said. "I feel like I got better at that."

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