NORCROSS - He likes the academics at Ole Miss, he loves the town of Athens and he has family in the LSU area, but Greater Atlanta Christian lineman T-Bob Hebert isn't ready to make his decision on where he wants to go to college next fall.
"It's going good," Hebert said. "Right now I'm just trying to plan out my officials and everything and get ready to make a decision after the season. I want to see how all the teams do and everything."
Hebert, the son of former NFL quarterback Bobby Hebert, first began getting serious attention from colleges after his junior season. It wasn't too long before he got his first scholarship offer from Ole Miss. Since then he has gotten eight more offers, most recently from Florida last week.
"It was really nice. It was a really big feeling of accomplishment. (It was) kind of finally here," said Hebert of his Ole Miss offer. "It was a welcomed little surprise."
At 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Hebert has plenty to offer to whatever school he decides to attend. He's rated the No. 2 center in the country by Rivals.com, had a 91 percent blocking average last season, recorded 54 pancake blocks and maintains a 3.4 GPA.
"College coaches that have looked at his highlight tape will get to about the third play of his highlight tape and he hits a kid and it's like whip lash and that's why he's been offered," GAC head coach Jimmy Chupp said. "I really thought he'd be an early offer and he was and he's well deserving of that."
Of his nine offers, LSU would seem like the natural choice for Hebert with his family from the Louisiana area and his dad now working for a sports talk radio show in Louisiana.
"I have a lot of family in the Louisiana area and I love LSU, but I just don't have any favorites right now," Hebert said. "As far as I'm concerned, I have to look at what's the best place for me for the next four years no matter where it is, so I'm trying to go with everything with an open mind."
A smart and well-mannered kid off the field, Hebert uses his experience and intelligence on the field to punish his
"I'm a lot different off the field," Hebert said. "I try to be a really nice guy off the field, but on the field there is no room for being nice. When I'm going up against an opponent, my main goal is to embarrass him and make him as scared as possible as he can be of me. I just want to absolutely humiliate him."
Said Chupp: "He's just a real aggressive football player. He's a really good leader. He has great feet and has a heavy punch when he hits you."
Not only is Hebert a standout at center for the Spartans, but he also starts at nose guard for the Norcross private school. Hebert doesn't mind playing defense - last season he totaled 28 tackles and five sacks - but prefers the offensive side of the ball.
"I definitely enjoy center more," Hebert said. "I just feel like that is my more natural position and where I excel at. Defense is a lot of fun, too - I love pass rushing, but I think my favorite thing is going and hitting linebackers and locking up on them."
If Hebert's stock was already high, it won't hurt blocking for Caleb King this fall, the No. 1 running back in the nation, according to Rivals.com.
"It's pretty cool because if I was any good before, I'm definitely going to look a lot better with him running the ball," Hebert said. "I'm excited about the things we can do this year."