July 15, 2010

Could UConn lure Florida LB

Offers have been rolling in for Orange Park (Fla.) Orange Park linebacker Terrance Plummer, but only one school - Connecticut - was the first to officially extend an offer.

The gesture was not lost on Plummer.

"That's a big thing," said Plummer. "They were the first ones to offer me. They're one school that I think I'm definitely going to take an official visit to."

Plummer has built a strong relationship with outside linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson, who visited the 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect in Florida.

"He actually came all the way down from UConn to talk to me after my spring game," said Plummer. "He said he wanted me to remember who recruited me first."

The meeting with Johnson gave Plummer a clear indication of how strongly UConn feels about him.

"[It says] that they really want me and that I can make a contribution to that team," said Plummer. "They told me they have some linebackers who are older, but after that they'll have young linebackers. So if I go there, there's a possibility I'll play early. It really doesn't matter to me if I play as a freshman or not, I just want to develop into a great player."

Aside from UConn, Plummer also has offers from South Florida, Central Florida, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, Duke, East Carolina, Middle Tennessee State, Troy, Southern Mississippi and Florida International. Because of the large number of options, no decision appears imminent.

"I feel like I'm going to start narrowing down my list around the end of football season," said Plummer. "Whatever my five official visits are will probably be the schools that I consider most heavily."

Location is expected to be a factor in Plummer's decision, but UConn has positioned itself well in his mind.

"It's important [to stay close to home]," said Plummer, "but UConn is probably the one school that could take me away from Florida."

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