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South's 26th-Ranked Defensive Tackle, Lamonte McDougle, Lines up Three Official Visit Dates

Schools representing the Big Ten, Big 12 and Conference USA have locked in official visit dates with the South's 26th-ranked defensive tackle, Lamonte McDougle.

Lamonte McDougle, a former Washington State commit that checks in as Scout's 26th-ranked defensive tackle out of the South, says he has secured a trio of official visit dates with National Signing Day vastly approaching.

The Deerfield Beach (Fla.) product is also the son of Stockar McDougle, a former Oklahoma Sooner and the 20th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft that went on to play seven seasons along the offensive line.

"Florida International this week, Purdue the next, and then West Virginia the week after that," McDougle said when asked about his official visit plans.

"(Defensive line) coach (Bruce) Tall and (running backs) coach Jajuan Seider from WVU are coming to see me Friday. A coach from Purdue is coming next week, and then Butch Davis the next week."

Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers have been long considered the favorites to reel in McDougle's coveted signature, but the South Florida native says he's not jumping the gun and plans to give each school their fair shot during the home stretch.

"Right now, I don't really have a favorite and I'm trying to keep an open mind going into my visits," McDougle said. "(The visits are) probably going determine where I go to school next year.

"They are all great schools, so I'm going to take my time deciding."

The nation's 78th-ranked defensive tackle was flirting heavily with the idea of committing back on Christmas Day, explaining why West Virginia became even more of the conversation leading up to the New Year.

"West Virginia is the only school that I've built a long relationship with the coaches," McDougle said. "It's a great university. They have great fans, and they have been showing me support these past few years.

"I can see where I'd be playing a role in the defense, and I like that they have an up-and-coming team. They had a good season last year, but are not at their ceiling yet. I'm excited for my visit this month."

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