There Is Hope for Wisconsin

Heading into the 2012 recruiting class, the University of Wisconsin knows its needs to replace two senior cornerbacks. Having sent an early offer to American Senior (Fla.) corner Larry Hope, the Badgers appeared to have secured at least a visit from the speedy, shutdown corner.

MADISON - Over the past few years Wisconsin has found some good talent at defensive back in the Sunshine State. Now the Badgers are looking for more and one of their targets is Larry Hope of American Senior High School (Hialeah, FL).

Hope has started to see his recruitment pick up over the past month and now has four offers from Wisconsin, USF, Kansas and Buffalo.

He also is getting interest from North Carolina, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Alabama, Florida, Miami(FL), Florida State and Vanderbilt.

"Those are the schools that want to come to my spring practice first, and see how I am and everything. They already said they like my film, especially North Carolina, and they like that I'm a big sized corner, and like the way I play man-to-man coverage. If they like the way I play then they will offer."

The 5-foot 11, 167 pound corner reports running a 4.41 40-yard dash, and uses that speed to excel as a shutdown corner.

"I am a man-to-man coverage corner. I can vary, but I really prefer man-to-man. I can go into the cover-2, cover-3, or cover-4, but that is what I'm trying to sit down and perfect. I used to work with Sam Madison, and he really told me how to play it. I use my hands and foot work really good. I work out every day to get faster and faster."

Hope has a passion to be a great defensive back and that was cultivated early in life.

"I always used to just watch the games with my dad. I never had a favorite team. Growing up, my dad used to make me watch and make my game around Deion Sanders. I really feel like he is the best DB that played the game. I really try to go after him, in his swagger and how he goes after the ball and stuff."

Hope parlayed his hard work into a solid junior season with three interceptions and 45 tackles.

Now that the school year is almost over, it is time for Hope to focus on spring football, and the schools that are recruiting him. Hope plans to visit every school that has offered him this summer, including Wisconsin.

"They hit me up on Facebook and I sent them my film. From there they said they liked my skills, how tall I am as a corner, my physicality, and how I judge the ball. They said that was the reason they offered me."

One of the reasons Hope wants to get up to Madison is Coach Partridge.

"We sat on the phone and I talked to him and to the DB coach. They wrote me about 20 letters straight. They are really showing love. He gave me his house phone number and we are trying to gain that family bond. If I go up there, then I can have someone to lean on. I want someone that can make me the best DB and person they can."

Hope is just seeing his recruitment hit full stride, and with his plans for the summer, a decision isn't imminent.

"I don't have a timeline for my decision. I'm just have to get more information about the schools, then weigh my options with my dad and go over things with him and the more I know about different college if I feel closest to a certain college then I'll make a decision, but right now I'm just weighing my options."

Wisconsin has two commitments in the Class of 2012, but zero commitments on defense.

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