Wildcats Pursue Tennessee Standout

Five-star running back <B>LaMarcus Coker</B> is now bigger and faster after a good off-season. The senior from Antioch (Tenn.) is one of the most explosive players in the nation.

Who's the most explosive running back in the nation? To me, it's LaMarcus Coker from Antioch (Tenn.). He's blessed with outstanding speed and now he's even bigger, as this future Volunteer has added 10 pounds of muscle and lowered his forty time.

"I am now 5-11 and 195 pounds," said Coker. "It's mainly muscle weight. I am trying to adjust to the 10 pounds of extra weight. Today was a little rough because we just started hitting (at practice). I'm a little tired but I will adjust. I had a real good off-season. I got stronger and faster and I actually ran a 4.24 forty in July."

Last season as a junior Coker rushed for 1,293 yards and scored 15 touchdowns on 189 carries. He committed to Tennessee last December but will make some additional visits this fall and winter just to make sure.

"I am solid commitment to Tennessee but my mom just wants me to make sure. That's why I will be taking some other visits. Tennessee is the place where I belong. When I get there I will be ready… I will be bigger. I will be the featured back. They are losing some guys (Jabari Davis) after this year and then it will only be (Gerald) Riggs and me. I am not a bench warmer and it's a great opportunity for me."

There are four other SEC schools that will likely get a visit from Coker and one was the team he always wanted to play for.

"When I was in the 9th grade I always dreamed of playing for Carnell Williams). He was just coming in and he was not a big back, just like me. I know I could fit right in there at Auburn.

"I like Alabama and coach Shula. He's a good coach.

"Arkansas is a school that has really shown me a lot of love.

"Florida has too but I am skeptical of visiting them because they like me as a wide receiver too."

Coker begins his senior season on August 27th and this five-star running back should have a banner senior year.

Asked about whether Kentucky and Joker Phillips had made a move into his top five;

"They will get a look," Coker said. "They could get an official visit."


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