Florida Prospect Has One More Visit

So far in the month of December Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough Senior standout Lindsay Lamar has visited two of his final three schools. The first visit was to Durham followed by a trip to South Carolina. Now with just one visit remaining, what is the talented Florida product thinking?

"I enjoyed both my visits to South Carolina and to Duke," said Lindsay Lamar. "I visited Duke the first week of December and then South Carolina the next week. My last visit will be to South Florida on January 9th. After that I am going to sit down with my coaches and parents and look to get the decision made."

Measuring 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, Lamar projects as kickoff/punt return specialist early on in his career with eyes on being either a slot receiver or runningback as he becomes acclimated to the college game.

"That's how both Duke and South Carolina are recruiting me, and the same thing with South Florida. Duke told me I could compete for a shot early on in the return game because of my speed and illusiveness. The opportunity to go in and play early is something I'm thinking about, but there are a lot of factors in the decision."

Speed is something Lamar is known for. He was the regional track championship in both the 100 (10.35) and 200 events as a junior. As a senior he rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns after posting 940 yards and eight scores despite an injury shortened junior campaign.

With those kinds of numbers and measurables Lamar claims offers from a number of schools including Duke, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Boston College, South Florida, West Virginia, Iowa State, and Louisville. However, after a long recruiting process he's now down to just the Blue Devils, Gamecocks, and Bulls.

Prior to his Duke visit Lamar admitted that he was somewhat unsure of what the Blue Devils were all about - something he remedied on his visit.

"I got to know the coaches a little bit better and it was a good overall trip. Coach Cutcliffe is just a down to earth kind of guy and he's got that program working. Plus, with Duke, you have a chance to get a great education. Their academics are a big positive for them, and they are in a big time conference."

"With South Carolina you have Coach Spurrier who is like a living legend and their stadium is beautiful. When you are there you can tell you are in the big time. The same is true of South Florida - it's got a great stadium and I'm comfortable with the coaches and the area...I mean it's home."

After he returns from his official to South Florida Lamar says he hopes to have his decision within a few days.

"I'm ready to get it all behind me. It's been a long process. The visits have been fun, but dealing with all the coaches and the process in general has been a lot for me."

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