James Poe knows three he'll officially visit

Freedom (FL) High School running back James Poe has one official visit planned and is strongly considering trips to two BIG EAST programs as well. The 6'2, 220-pound bruising back recently spoke with Inside The Ville about the young season, as well as his short list of current favorites.

Following a stellar junior campaign at Orlando Freedom Hall School, James Poe was named as one of the Top 50 prospects in the Sunshine State by the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel. As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Poe saw time at running back, full back and receiver on offense, while also spending time helping his team's defensive squad at both linebacker and defensive end.

Last fall Poe ran for 667 yards on 132 attempts averaging over five yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. He also hauled in 12 passes for 129 yards and two scores. This year, playing primarily running back, Poe is hoping for more.

"The season is going pretty good - we're 2-0," Poe said. "I caught 9 passes for 90 yards and 3 touchdowns in our last game. The first game I had 16 for 100 yards and two touchdowns. I'm also playing some defensive end. I had a sack in the first game."

Projected as either a running back or linebacker on the college level, Poe, who prefers carrying the ball, has picked up scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan, Louisville, Nebraska and West Virginia.

"Nebraska, Louisville and West Virginia are the one's that I'm thinking about the most right now," he said. "I'm also thinking about Florida some too."

While more scholarship offers are likely on the way, the early invitations from his favorites are paying off in the form of official visits.

"I'm going to Nebraska the first weekend in October and I'm also taking one with Louisville," said Poe, who made an unofficial visit with Florida for the Gators home-opening win over Wyoming. "I'll probably take one to West Virginia and then a couple others."

While he admits that he doesn't know too much about Bobby Petrino's program yet, he is looking forward to the future trip.

"The coaches there are really nice," said the three-year starter. "I need to get some more information about Louisville, but it seems like a nice school."

Be sure to stay logged on to InsideTheVille.com to learn the latest on James Poe and his future trip to the River City.

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