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Ronnie St. Fleur started playing football in 8th grade and believes he was destined for success as a middle linebacker.

"I started playing organized ball in 8th grade," St. Fleur said. "The difference with me compared to a lot of other guys at linebacker is I know how to read (plays). I always have. I guess it's something I was born with. I can get to the ball quicker that way. Most guys have to react to what's happening. I just have that instinct to get to the ball. Coaches have always told me that."

Ronnie St. Fleur, who stands 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, used those instincts as a junior last season to rack up 112 tackles, including 35 behind the line of scrimmage.

"I only play on defense and that was a solid year for me," he said. "I wanna be even better as a senior. More people will know me but that's OK. Let them run away, I'll chase anything down."

The talented linebacker, who carries a 2.9 GPA in the classroom, also throws the shot put and discus for the Hollywood Hills High track team.

"I'm chasing a school record," he said. "It's 143 in the discus and I think I'll get it this year. I'm also gonna wrestle my senior year. I made it to states as a freshman but I injured my shoulder and didnt do it the last two years."

Those are just some of the reasons why St. Fleur will be a major recruiting prospect in 2006. He's already picked up three written scholarship offers.

"I have them from Rutgers, Duke, and Pittsburgh," he said. "Those are nice but I'm hoping to get a lot more. Miami is number one on my list. Florida is two, Georgia is three, Auburn is four, and Florida State is five."

St. Fleur, who attended UM's Junior Day last Saturday, talked more about the Hurricanes and why they're atop his early list of favorites.

"It's close to home and I like their sense of urgency there," he said. "They really get after people. They have the reputation of being the U and that motivates people. I could see it with those guys performing for the scouts the other day. They have an intensity level that isn't too common. That's me out there."

The talented junior spoke more about his experience at the Junior Day event.

"It was great," he said. "I had a chance to talk to Randy Shannon, their defensive coordinator. He's gonna come see me in the spring. I met lots of players, too. I watched Devin Hester run. I met Willie Williams. It was nice, I liked it."

Stay tuned for an interview with St. Fleur's teammate, Jabaal Sheard, a defensive end prospect who will also be a major recruit this season.

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