Foote Speed: Track Lands RB to UK

Memphis (Tn.) Mitchell High School coach Nathan Cole knew he had a special kid when he first laid eyes on LaRay Foote. A track and field coach, in addition to his time as football coach at Mitchell, Cole knew he had a special athlete on his hands.

He just didn't know where to play him.

"I had some scouts come down and watch him," Cole said. "They said he should be playing cornerback or free safety, so I started playing him there."

"Then we tried him at running back and he's ran for about 1100 yards, 11 touchdowns in 9 games, so I think I'm gonna just let him stay there," Cole joked.

That's the benefit of having a running back that runs as fast as LaRay Foote, arguably one of the most exciting backs in a state full of talented speedsters.

"He's a real exciting player to watch," Cole explained. "He's a track star, ya know, he won the 200 and he won the 400 relay. It's just an outstanding runner and has been wonderful for the school."

The University of Kentucky landed the 6-foot, 180 pound running back after a heated recruiting battle with Auburn, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. According to his coach, after a summer of proving he can play defensive back, free safety and running back to respective schools, Foote was finally discovered.

"He went to the camps this summer and really made a name for himself," Cole said. "He ran at Middle Tennessee State and Auburn. At Auburn, he ran a 4.28 and they went ahead and offered him on the spot. At Middle, he ran a 4.33 twice."

"Everyone that has seen him run, offered him."

Kentucky, which was apart of the process from the beginning, was not only intrigued by the opportunity for him to play football, but also run track. An idea that not only Foote enjoyed, but his coach as well. After confirmation was granted from Kentucky's Boys Track and Field coach Don Weber, the Memphis native decided to weigh his options and decide.

"He committed to Kentucky because they are gonna let him run track, which is what he wants to do," Cole described about his star player. "He, myself and his mom sat down and made a decision. He said that Kentucky was number one on his list and that nobody recruited him like coach Caragher and Kentucky did, so we decided to go ahead and let them know."

Caragher and the coaching staff was more than happy to allow Foote the chance to participate in Track & Field, a sport that the speedster has excelled in throughout his entire career. The projected cornerback is looking forward to the challenge of playing both.

When asked what the probability was of Foote fulfilling his commitment and eventually signing with UK, Cole had this say about his star player; "(Kentucky) told him they want him to leave his options open. You know, there always has to be a second or third option, just in case something falls through. He and his family are very excited about the commitment though."


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