LSU going after speedy Stonum

Daryl Stonum (6-2, 180, 4.4) of Sugar Land (Texas) Dulles is a big-play receiver with Olympic track-star speed that LSU is courting.

As a junior, Stonum hauled in 49 catches for 1,001 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had seven punt returns for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers were good enough to earn first team all-district, second team all-greater Houston and second team all-state.


So far the big playmaker has received offers from Michigan, Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas and Minnesota, and he is hearing from a host of other schools including LSU.


"Other than my speed, I have the ability to read defenses," said Stonum about his game. "I can find holes in the zone. Most of my touchdowns last season were just little 10-yard outs that I turned into big plays. But, if I couldn't find the holes and get open in those 10 yards, I never would have been able to make the play.


"On kick returns I have good vision and ability to change direction. I see the hole and then hit it quickly."


Stonum said LSU is a school he has followed over the years and that a scholarship offer would put them in his top five.


"I like their offense," he said. "They have an exciting offense and get the ball to their playmakers. I think they do a good job of incorporating their receivers and making big plays. They are supposed to have two go real high in the draft and they signed the No. 1 guy in the country this year. I get a lot of letters from them and if they offer then they will move up my list considerably."


Of the schools who have offered him, Stonum said he already has a top five.


"In no order, it is Michigan, Florida, Alabama, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State," he said.


Stonum may have a few scheduling conflicts with attending camps this summer as the speedster will be flying to the Czech Republic with the Junior Olympic team to run the 200 and 400-meter races.


 "I had to go get my passport last week and everything," said Stonum. "It's something I'm really excited about. If it's something that doesn't interfere with football, I'd love to run track in college."

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