UM Battling LSU For DL

The University of Miami went 1-for-2 when it came to recruiting defensive linemen from the state of Louisiana against LSU last year. Kirston Pittman picked the Tigers, while teammate Vegas Franklin became a Hurricane. Now the two programs are battling for West Jefferson standout tackle Marlon Favorite.

At 6-2 and 310 pounds, Favorite has helped his team to a 5-0 start this season.

"I've been playing both ways," Favorite said. "I have eight sacks and a lot of tackles playing nose guard on defense. I'm playing tight end on offense but they're not really throwing the ball much to me."

The talented defensive lineman, who plans on participating in track after the season, has emerged as one of the state's top defensive prospects.

"LSU and Miami are right up there," he said. "Colorado, USC, and probably Nebraska will be the other schools I visit."

Favorite claims written offers from all five programs in addition to Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Tulane, Indiana, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.

"Me and LSU are in pretty good position with each other," he said. "I'm pretty high on them right now. I went to the Georgia game and it was fun. They have a real big stadium, you know, and those fans really get after it. After the game, I got into the locker room and talked to some of my boys -- Skyler Green, Shyrone Carey, Kirston Pittman. The coaches have been on me for the longest (time) too."

Despite his strong interest in the Tigers, Favorite said there's at least one other program that has a major chance.

"I really like Miami too," he said. "They have a pretty good program and I've seen a couple of their games, like the Boston College one and when they destroyed Louisiana Tech. They play good defense and I know they got the dude from East St. John (Franklin) from last year. I also know guys like Reggie Wayne and Akieem Jolla too. They have offered me and want me to come in for a visit, which I'll do probably after the season."

When asked about staying close to home, Favorite said, "if LSU makes me feel most comfortable then I'm all for it but if I find out that I like someone else, like Miami, better, then I'm all for that too. I need to take my visits to find all that out."

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