Ole Miss LT Oher still weighing NFL options

By CHRIS TALBOTT
The Associated Press

JACKSON – With five days to go till the deadline to declare for the NFL draft, Mississippi's Michael Oher is still deciding what to do.

The junior left tackle may wait till the last minute to decide, said his father, Sean Tuhoy.

“He's not sure what he's going to do,” Tuhoy said.

The deadline for declaring for the draft is Jan. 15, but players then have three days to withdraw their names. Classes at Ole Miss begin Jan. 16.

Oher asked the NFL to evaluate his draft chances and Tuhoy said the 6-foot-5, 325-pound Memphis, Tenn., native was told he'd probably go somewhere in the first or second round.

Mississippi coach Houston Nutt said Thursday that junior linebacker Ashlee Palmer also asked the NFL to evaluate his chances.

Palmer, a 6-2, 222-pound junior college transfer from Compton, Calif., led Ole Miss with 89 tackles in his first season with the Rebels.

Oher was named to the all-Southeastern Conference first team after the season and is considered one of the top offensive linemen prospects in the country.

He has already shown the promise scouts predicted when he was a homeless 16-year-old who didn't know how to play football.

Oher's story was chronicled by author Michael Lewis in the book, “The Blind Side.” Lewis followed Oher as he made the difficult journey from castoff man-child to surefire college prospect.

Scouts predicted Oher would become the next great NFL left tackle before he even really knew how to block because of his great size and uncommon athletic ability and speed.

Tuhoy said Oher has been asking for advice lately, but doesn't seem to caught up in the decision he has to make.

“It isn't keeping him up,” Tuhoy joked.

Tuhoy, a former Ole Miss point guard who is Oher's conservator, said the family isn't trying to steer Oher in either direction.

“That's probably why it's taking so long, because we're not going to tell him what to do,” Tuhoy said.