Bohanna has the Tigers in the mix

With the Tigers on the prowl to land several linebackers in 2010, the Memphis area looks to be a place where the staff will strike. Whitehaven standout Ferlando Bohanna is among the targets, and the six-foot-one, 230-pound junior is already gaining national interest.

Whitehaven High linebacker Ferlando Bohanna is one of the Southeast's most dominating presences on the field, recording 64 tackles, 29 solo, during his junior campaign.


With that performance has come plenty of attention from college staffs across the nation, including an early offer.


"North Carolina's staff has been on me the longest, and they already offered," Bohanna said. "Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Oregon and Colorado are the other schools that are sending me the most stuff.


"The Tar Heels offered after they signed my teammate, Gene Robinson, this past year," added Bohanna. "Right after they got Gene they started recruiting me pretty hard. Gene is my boy, so he is on me pretty hard for them as well."


Of course, while the appeal of playing at North Carolina is evident, Bohanna has his eyes set on a group of schools a bit closer to home.


"I am trying to get into the SEC," he said. "That is prime time football, right there. I see teams like LSU on television a good bit, and I can tell that the SEC is the style of play that I want to get into. I would love to get an offer from any of the schools in the conference, especially someone like LSU."


While he admits that he does not know much about the Tigers, outside of what he has gathered from televised games and small talk with friends, Bohanna is anxious to learn more.


"All of the letters are good, but I really want to get down there for a visit and see things first hand," he said. "I have heard a few things about what the campus and stadium is like from some guys around here, but I don't want to go on just that.


"I am already signed up to go to Alabama, North Carolina and Oregon for camps, so adding LSU is something I might do," added Bohanna. "I will be at the Memphis spring game as well, but so far those are the only plans that I have over the next couple of months. I just hope that the offers can keep coming in, because I am ready to see what schools are really interested."


Where does Bohanna see himself projecting at the next level?


"I have great cover skills and pretty good speed, so some schools are looking at me for outside linebacker," he said. "Other schools want to keep me on the inside, but it doesn't matter either way to me as long as I can get out there and help. UNC offered me on the outside, so that is where I think coaches will see me after they get me into camp."


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