Aycock down to two schools?

Dontae Aycock, a three-star running back from Tampa (FL) Chamberlain, moved closer to making a college decision after visiting Louisville last weekend. With at least one more trip to Georgia Tech left, Aycock faces a big decision in the near future.

That decision appears to be this: Louisville, a school with a track-record for sending big running backs to the NFL (see: Michael Bush, Eric Shelton and Kolby Smith), believes Dontae Aycock could be the schools next great ‘big back.' Georgia Tech, on the other hand, envisions the 5-foot-10, 210-pound Aycock as an option quarterback in coach Paul Johnson's explosive offense.

"It's pretty much down to Louisville and Georgia Tech on where he is going to go," said Chamberlain coach Brian Turner. "I think it will come down to those two schools unless somebody comes in late – a dream school. But I don't know if he really had one. Right now I think it's between those two schools."

Aycock's brother, Dwight Smith, is a 10 year NFL veteran who currently plays safety for the Detroit Lions. Smith, who is helping Aycock through the recruiting process, was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXVII.

"Dontae thinks if he wants to play in the NFL that he needs to play running back in college because it would be harder for him to switch positions if he played quarterback in college," said Turner. "I think that's the issue he's thinking about right now. I know that's weighing on his mind and that's the influence from home – the NFL thing playing running back over quarterback."

Turner said Aycock had a very good visit with Louisville over the weekend.

"He told me he enjoyed it a lot and had a great trip," said Turner. "He got to go to a basketball game and he's a big basketball fan – it doesn't get any better than Louisville and Kentucky. And he really likes the guy recruiting him – Tony Alford – a lot. He enjoyed his trip very much."

Aycock will take an official visit to Georgia Tech Jan. 16.

"He's not going to make a decision until he gets done taking all of his trips," Turner said. "But I know that Louisville has been there the whole time as one of his top schools. He's bonded with Coach Alford. I think he'll probably decide the week after that (visit)."

Aycock, who has been clock at 4.5-second in the 40-yard dash, led Chamberlain to an 11-2 record as a senior, rushing for 1,406 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also threw for 1,491 yards and 17 touchdowns with only six interceptions.

Though Louisville and Georgia Tech appear out in front with Aycock, it's possible he could visit Illinois before making a decision. Illinois coaches are expected to visit with Aycock later this week to try to finalize an official visit to Champaign on January 23.

"I think he's going to Illinois but I'm not 100 percent sure," Turner said. "He hasn't told me that it's a lock he's going there but he's talked to their coaches about going there. Right now that's the only other trip he's thinking about taking."


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