June 21, 2011

Baltimore OL camps at UA

Offensive lineman Greg Pyke and his father made the 14-hour drive from his hometown of Baltimore to Tuscaloosa for the University of Alabama's offensive line/defensive line camp on Saturday.

Pyke, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle, said the camp helped improve his blocking ability, in particular how he uses his body to block.

"It doesn't matter how big you are if you don't have the proper technique," Pyke said. "You can't get away with stuff like you can in high school. The coaches told me to use my hands more and to work on how I move."

Alabama assistant coach Sal Sunseri has been the main recruiter for Pyke.

The Rivals.com three-star lineman said Sunseri is old fashioned in the way he recruits.

"He doesn't believe in email or anything like that," Pyke said. "He sends mail the old-fashioned way. I like that about him because it's his style. I'm an old-fashioned type of guy so it fits me."

Pyke attends Boys Latin School, a small all-boys school. He said playing for a big school like Alabama is something attractive to him.

"Coming from an all-boys school, I want to go to a big school that puts football first," Pyke said. "Everyone in Maryland plays lacrosse -- it's the big thing up here.

"I like watching SEC football because the competition is so good, but it doesn't really matter to me what conference I play in. I have offers from different schools that have good things about them that outweigh what conference they play in."

Pyke credits his older brother, Andrew, for his tenacity.

"I do what comes naturally," Pyke said. "My brother taught me how to play and be tough. He is only like 6-feet tall, but he is tough and made me that way."

The Maryland native is still waiting on an offer from the Crimson Tide, but he plans to visit Tuscaloosa again. Without an offer, Alabama hasn't cracked into his top three yet.

"Maryland, Penn State and Georgia are my top three schools right now," Pyke said. "That doesn't mean that it won't change or anything, but that's where it is right now."

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