RECRUITING: Hemingway Has Eight On His List

J.R. Hemingway is one of the most electric players in the southeast in the football recruiting class of 2007. The 6-2, 205-pounder from Conway (SC) plays like he has glue on his hands and wings on his feet. He recently made a midwest trip and is looking to head down south for a spell during July. Hemingway likes eight schools at the moment.

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He just returned from a trip where he visited some of the biggest named schools in the country. Hemingway got a little feel of what it is like at a few schools in the midwest.

"I visited a few colleges this summer, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State," Hemingway said. "Hopefully I will visit Florida and Miami. I am trying to set it for next week, but some of the coaches are on vacation, so I need to see.

"At Michigan I liked the campus. Everything was right there and close by. I liked the players too. Notre Dame was the same way. The campus and the stadium were nice. The players have a place where they hang out and people can't bother them. Ohio State is building a lot for their players. Everything is real nice there also."

For the time being, he is concentrating on eight schools. They appear all over the map on the eastern side of the United States.

"I am currently looking at Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech," he said.

The Florida Gators have been a constant on his list and Hemingway likes what he knows about the school and its football tradition.

"Florida has had some real good wide receivers," he said. "I like the stadium and the fans. I know it's a great school."

He has a few favorite players on the gridiron. There are some lofty heights to achieve to match what some of these guys have accomplished.

"Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, and Ladanian Tomlinson are some of my favorite players," Hemingway said. "I probably play the most like T.O. College coaches like that I go get the ball when it is in the air. Wherever the ball is I go get it. I make all the tough catches I try to catch EVERY ball. I work out every single day catching the ball.

Even though college coaches are recruiting him to play offense, Hemingway plays both ways in high school. At Conway it was a defensive play that stands out as his all time favorite.

"We had a game and we just scored and were playing defense," he started. "They were driving and got to the 20. The quarterback dropped back and threw a fade in the back of the end zone. I jumped up and pulled it down with one hand in the back of the end zone."

The future business administration-management major currently has a 3.08 GPA in his core courses and finished his junior year with all A's and B's. He already has a qualifying ACT score and will play spring sports in high school rather than graduate early

Hemingway plays basketball where he could post up at center or bring the ball down the court as a point guard. His penchant for attacking a defense comes through on the hard court.

"We went to the playoffs in basketball and I play everything on the court," he said. "If the team needs it I will play point guard or center or any position. My biggest strength is attacking the rim."

His versatility as an athlete is what makes him such a hot commodity as a receiver for college football coaches. That has given him the luxury of being able to decide on almost any school to go to. He is looking for the right fit for him at the next level.

"I want to have coaches I can bond with as a coach and a man," he said. "I want to find a place that feels like home and the school that fits me the best."

J.R. Hemingway will write his own ticket this year because of years of hard work and dedication in the class and on the field. That dedication has led to big time schools taking a keen interest and will keep us focused on him throughout the recruiting process.

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