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There’s a new recruit sitting atop the player rankings for offensive tackles in the Class of 2018.

Nicholas Petit-Frere, who attends Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Fla., is now the nation’s No. 1-ranked OT and has been bumped up to a 5-star rating by 247Sports. He’s also a top-10 overall prospect.

Programs from across the country have the 6-foot-6, 272-pound Petit-Frere at or near the top of their overall recruiting board for this cycle. SEC Country knows of at least three league coaches who view him as a future first-round pick in the NFL Draft.

Petit-Frere hasn’t let the hype go to his head. In fact, he can’t even tell you how many scholarship offers he has.

“I’m sorry. I’m not sure,” Petit-Frere said when asked. “It’s whatever. I’m very humble to have all the offers I have. As long as I have one, I’m very grateful.”

No, that’s not a humble brag or a conceited kid. Petit-Frere is the real deal.

He shows humility and modesty with every word and he thinks before opening his mouth. And yes, he keeps things close to the vest and doesn’t give away anything about his recruitment.

Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame are considered the top contenders for Petit-Frere, who holds more than two dozen offers. However, he isn’t ready to name a leader or even a group of favorites.

“A lot of schools have tried to say good things about me and they’re very nice and thoughtful,” Petit-Frere said. “There’s no one I can really say who hasn’t done a good job recruiting

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