DB Strongly Favors UM

At 6-feet and 180 pounds, Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace standout free safety Lovon Ponder is gearing up for a big senior season, despite a minor setback this offseason.

"I sprained my ankle playing basketball," Ponder said. "I was in some pretty good pain. I wore an air cast on it for awhile and doctors told me I had to stay off it for two months."

That's not something Ponder wanted to hear. In fact, he seeked other opinions.

"When they told him he has to be off of it for two months, he wanted a second, third, fourth, fifth opinion," his mother laughed. "I kept telling him they call them specialists for a reason."

Ponder, who has been playing football since age six, back on his feet at full strength.

"I missed spring and some of the summer stuff," he said. "Now I'm back at it and I'm feeling good."

In the meantime, Ponder is now one of the nation's premier safety prospects.

"I got a bunch of offers and everything," he said. "Just about everyone has sent me their (media) books this summer. I've just looked through some of them for something to do."

The talented safety said he has a favorite.

"UM's on top," he said. "They're my leader. But I'm not going to commit anytime soon because I want to take all five of my visits."

Ponder said he already has a pretty good idea of which five schools will get a visit.

"They'll be UM, Florida State, Oklahoma, Auburn, and Georgia," he said. "They're all good programs but UM's going to need safeties. It's close to home and a great program."

Ponder was watching practice on Sunday and talked about it.

"I saw Charlie Jones and he looks like he's 25 years old," he said laughing. "He's a man already. The team looks great. After Sean and Mo leave, they're going to need some safeties and I think I'll fit in real well there."

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