Speedster Paine Drawing Attention, Offers

St. Louis area WR/DB DeMarco Paine has caught plenty of people's attention with his track-caliber speed, and now he has five scholarship offers in hand - including one from Indiana...

Bloomington, Ind. –One thing stands out about 5'10", 170-pound IU recruiting target DeMarco Paine.


The two-way standout at St. Louis' Hazelwood East H.S. was one of the top performers at Scout.com's recent combine in Kansas City, clocking a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash. He's also a standout on his prep track team, running a :10.4 in the 100-meter dash.

Put him in shoulder pads and a helmet and that track-caliber speed is unmistakable to college football coaches.

"Coaches say the thing that jumps out to them is my speed," Paine said. "They think my speed is for real."

That's why Paine is one of the more heavily recruited players in the St. Louis area. Indiana recently offered him a scholarship, joining Ole Miss, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado in doing so. Others appear close to offering as well, including IU's Big Ten counterpart Iowa. Paine will be in Iowa City this weekend for their summer camp.

"I'm hearing some more offers will come in June and July," Paine said.

Paine is also hearing that there's a difference of opinion about where he'll play collegiate. As a wide receiver, Paine had 660 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, but many think his best position is at cornerback. He did play in the secondary for the first time a year ago and added four interceptions.

"I hear both positions," Paine said. "But I really don't have a preference. I like both of them."

It appears Indiana likes him best at cornerback, a position that is a recruiting priority for the Hoosiers' staff in the 2008 class. Indiana is already thin at the position heading into the '07 season, and it will lose No. 1 coverman Tracy Porter at season's end.

"Indiana has been recruiting me pretty hard," Paine said. "They've called a couple of times and sent me the offer in the mail, so I know they're really interested."

How interested is Paine in the Hoosiers? Time will tell, because Paine isn't tipping his hand on who they frontrunners are at this point.

"I like Indiana, but I'm probably going to wait until down the line to make a decision," Paine said. "It's pretty wide open at this point. I'm not in a hurry to make my decision. I'll probably wait until the fall and do it during the season."

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