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2020 WR Porter Rooks a major target for ACC, Big Ten and SEC programs

Charlotte (N.C.) Providence freshman wide receiver Porter Rooks is poised to be one of the top prospects in his class and spoke with Scout about his recruitment.

Although he is only a freshman, Porter Rooks has been on the radar of college coaching staffs for over year.

To date, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Rooks has offers from East CarolinaLouisvilleNorth Carolina and Wake Forest, while AlabamaClemsonFlorida, Florida StateMarylandNC StateSouth Carolina and USC are showing interest.

His most recent visit was Clemson last weekend.

"The trip was great," Rooks said. "The coaches showed a lot love and were all honest, which is something I like a lot. My favorite part of the visit was watching coach (Dabo) Swinney talk. You can tell how passionate he is and he really cares about his players.

"I was able watch spring practice and was impressed by the tempo. It was very fast and efficient. There was also a lot of enthusiasm and it was very competitive. We toured the new football building and it was mind-blowing. We also went in the locker room and took pictures. It was a nice trip.

"I spent a lot of time with (wide receiver) coach (Jeff) Scott and (tight ends) coach (Danny) Pearman. They told me they wanted me to stay in contact and to come visit again soon. I'm looking forward to continuing to develop our relationship."

North Carolina was the latest to offer.

"It felt really good to get the offer," Rooks said. "It's obviously an in-state school and not far from home. It's also the school I've spent the most time at so far.

"(Wide receivers) coach (Gunter) Brewer is recruiting me and I like him. He's a very personable guy and wants to get to know you outside of football. On the field, he's calm and does a great job coaching and giving advice on how to become a better player.

"I plan on going to one of their junior days, but I'm not sure which one yet. I'm looking forward to talking to the coaches more and getting to know them on more of a personal basis because it's really I think it's important."

As a freshman, Rooks caught  35 passes for 531 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 308 yards and two more scores.


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