RB Gets Call From UM

A strained quad wasn't going to slow him down. Opposing defenses weren't going to do it either. LaGarrette Blount still ran wild as a junior last season. Now the 6-2, 225-pound rising senior at Taylor County High School in Perry, Fla. is among the state's best running back prospects.

"I've been playing running back pretty much all my life," Blount said. "I started when I was about seven and now I think I can run with the best of them."

Blount broke onto the state-wide scene as a sophomore when he ran for over 1,000 yards. After working hard all last summer, he was able to get his speed down.

"I was already breaking tackles but I wanted to be able to run away from people a little more," he said. "The injury slowed me some but I still ran for 1,234."

Blount says it's the determination inside of him that makes him different out there.

"I feel like I want it worse than anyone else," he said. "I really strive to being the best. I'm ready for a big year I think."

Blount, who doubles as a strong safety on defense, also runs track. He competes in the 100m, 200m, 4x1, and long jump. Now he's dealing with the recruiting process.

"I had got a few calls from people like Maryland and Auburn but the big one was from Miami," he said. "They called and just talked about how they like me and how they want me to come to their camp. I'm going down for that next weekend."

Blount, who does not yet have any scholarship offers, said he's hoping to get offered by the Hurricanes at some point. However, they might not exactly fit into his plans.

"I don't wanna go to a school that already has a bunch of running backs," he said. "If I'm not going to have a chance to start right away then it's doubtful that I'll go to that school."

Blount said he remains wide open right now.

"Basically whoever shows interest in me and has what I'm looking for, then I'm interested in them."

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