RECRUITING: Poe Hopes To Expand Offer List

Orlando Freedom running back/linebacker James Poe is a virtual unknown in recruiting circles but this 6-2, 220-pounder has the kind of size and speed to get noticed quickly. He's starting to get a lot of attention and it only figures that once the season begins he will be hearing more from some of the top programs.

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"I am getting interest from Florida," Poe said last week. "I just looked in the mail and Alabama just sent me a booklet and guide. Mississippi State, Eastern Michigan, West Virginia, Louisville, and Nebraska show a lot of interest. I am most interested in Florida, Louisville, and Nebraska."

Although he doesn't have a lot of offers, he has his list of favorites. He shared some thoughts about the teams he favors the most.

FLORIDA: "I like Coach (Charlie) Strong. He is real nice. If I just go there and check it out, I will probably think about going there." Poe was invited to the recent "Friday Night Lights" camp in Gainesville, but didn't make the trip. "I did hear about it but I didn't make it down."

LOUISVILLE: "I call and talk to that coach and he seems nice."

NEBRASKA: "I am going there on October 1st for my first visit." There is someone close that is influencing his decision to Nebraska. "One of the teachers at my school is going with me on the Nebraska trip … he used to go to Nebraska."

"I think Florida is recruiting me for defense," he said, "but I hope it is on offense. Louisville and Nebraska are recruiting me as a running back, West Virginia is recruiting me as a linebacker."

With football scholarship offers from West Virginia, Nebraska, Eastern Michigan, Louisville, and a handful of other smaller schools, Poe looks to have a little deciding to do when the time comes. He had over 1,000 all-purpose yards last year on offense while on defense, he played linebacker and end. He knows a little bit about what he is looking for in his future home.

"It needs to be a good environment for me," he said. "Some teachers tell me that this or that wouldn't be a good environment. So I need to check that out. My mom is going to help me with my decision at the end. She will probably go with me on the trips.

James Poe is gearing himself up for a big season. If he starts off with a bang, watch his name to start rising on a lot of recruiting lists

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