Florida linebacker likes Kentucky

Florida linebacker Mike Marry has a different reason from most players for being interested in the University of Kentucky.

Florida linebacker Mike Marry has a different reason from most players for being interested in the University of Kentucky.

"The football is pretty good, but I also know they have a very good engineering program," the 6-3, 210-pound Marry said. "I am very interested in Kentucky for those reasons."

Marry held Largo High School go undefeated last season and reach the Class AAAAA semifinals for the first time in the school's history.

While he's being recruited as a linebacker, Marry also played tight end and fullback. However, linebacker is where he excels. He had 152 tackles in 2007 to go along with four quarterback sacks, three interceptions and one fumble recovery. As a sophomore, he made 76 tackles.

Marry went from a 160-pound sophomore to his current weight last season. But he kept his speed as he recently ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds.

"I am hard working, dedicated and I am always going to the football," Marry said when describing his style of play. "I am a good team player. I like to find the football and hit people.

"I will play wherever my coaches need me. But linebacker is the spot I like best. I play middle linebacker, but different schools are talking to me about playing all three linebacker spots."

Marry has 15 scholarship offers that include Arkansas, Florida and South Carolina from the Southeastern Conference as well as Kentucky. South Florida and Central Florida have also offered along with West Virginia and Stanford.

He's not been to Kentucky, but he watched the Wildcats play often last season.

"I definitely plan to visit Kentucky," Marry said.

He readily admits playing in the SEC appeals to him and says leaving Florida to play college football would be no problem.

"I will go anywhere to play," Marry said. "Playing early would be important to me. I would like to be able to do that, but it's not all that I am looking for."

That's because his education is equally as important. He says he'll easily qualify academically -- something that is no surprise since he was taking geometry as a high school freshman.

"That is when I started liking engineering," Marry said. "I still don't know what kind of engineer I want to be, but I know Kentucky has a really good engineering program."

Marry, who also hopes to play in the NFL, isn't exactly sure when he'll start trying to narrow his list of college choices.

"It's kind of hard to make a decision now. Maybe by the end of the season or sometime in December I can do that," he said. "I can't really say which schools I like the most right now. I like them all. I just want to enjoy this and see what eventually happens."

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