Standouts for Pelzel

Rockdale (Tex.) offensive lineman Josh Pelzel has a handful of offers and names two early favorites...

Nothing was going to stop Rockdale (Tex.) offensive guard Josh Pelzel from making a statement on the field during his junior season.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Pelzel pushed through two injuries and impressed quite a few college programs along the way.

"I had a couple of injuries; one was my meniscus. It was a freak twist. It didn't keep me out, though. I finished the season and then had surgery, so I'm coming back from that. It's going really well now, pretty much back to one hundred percent.

"I also fractured my femur and was out for two games, but it healed up really quick during the beginning of the season," he said.

Despite the setbacks, Pelzel was happy with how this season panned out.

"Overall, it was a pretty good season. I think my run game got a lot better. My footwork improved in all areas. I think I was a lot quicker on my feet this season," he said.

The lineman has played a variety of positions over the past two seasons, on both sides of the ball, but finds himself mainly being recruited at offensive tackle and offensive guard.

"I played both guard positions and both tackle positions this year and last year. I've also played defensive tackle. Most of the schools that have seen my sophomore tape see me at tackle, mostly. You can tell which schools are showing more interest because this year I played more guard. It's fifty-fifty. A lot of schools say they would play me wherever they needed me once I got there," he said.

Pelzel holds offers from Rice, Houston, Baylor, Texas Tech, and Washington State, and has been hearing from a few more programs, as well.

"I've been to Baylor, TCU, and Tech and have visited a few other schools, too. Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas, and Oklahoma State have all shown some interest, and they are all schools I like, too," he said.

Growing up in Texas, Pelzel was a fan of two in-state programs.

"I've always been a big A&M fan and my sister goes there. We have a former student that went to Tech so I'm a pretty big Tech fan, too," he said. However, another Big-12 program has impressed the lineman.

"I really like Baylor and Texas Tech a lot. I want to get to Tech pretty soon. I've talked with the offensive coordinator and want to get down there. I went Baylor on Sunday and I really liked it. They are definitely my two favorites right now," he said.

As he sorts through his options, Pelzel has a few things he's looking for in choosing his future home.

"Getting along with the coaching staff is a big thing. I'm aware that they may not always be there and that they could leave, but it's a part of it. I'm looking for a program that I could see myself fitting into and an offense that I want to play in, just a place I want to be for a long time.

"I also want a school that is successful. A great school and a great fan base around the school," he said.

Though he's not sure of the dates just yet, Pelzel plans to visit all the in-state programs.

"I'm going to try to get to at least one of each of the Texas school's spring practices to see how they operate and what the teams look like, see how the players enjoy the school," he said.

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