In-State LB Talks Recruiting

One of the state's top linebacker prospects, this talented player is off to an excellent start this season. While he's trying to focus on the season, it's been hard since he's getting recruited so actively. He talks about it.

At 6-feet and 210 pounds, Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough standout running back/linebacker Ronnie McCullough has been a key member of Hillsborough's 3-0 start this season.

On the season, he has 34 carries for 350 yards (10.3 per carry) and four touchdowns. Defensively, he has registered 31 tackles, two caused fumbles, and two fumble recoveries as a middle guy.

"We're all playing together as one," McCullough said. "That's the most important thing. Every game someone else is stepping up. Football is a team game and I think our team is playing together pretty well right now."

McCullough, a full academic qualifier, said recruiting is also keeping him busy.

"I've been trying to stay focused on the season and not get too involved with recruiting," he said. "My dad said to set up all my trips and everything after the season. I don't have any particular favorites or anything like that, but a lot of schools have been calling the house. I've talked to Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia, a lot of them."

So what about the Hurricanes, who McCullough has mentioned in previous interviews?

"I still like Miami a lot but I just haven't talked with them on the phone this month," he said. "I don't want to count anyone out and Miami's definitely still on my list."

McCullough said he's only been able to attend one college football game this season.

"We have practice on Saturday mornings so it's real hard for me to get to some games," he said. "I'm one of the leaders on our team so I can't go missing practice for something that will only benefit me. That's not fair and that's letting my teammates down. I won't do it. I was able to make it to the Florida/Miami game because it was at night. I really enjoyed it. There was a great atmosphere. Miami really poured it on in the second half."

McCullough said he'll decide on his visits after the season. "I just want to look at the majors and graduation rates. That's more important because the NFL scouts will find you no matter where you're at if you're good enough."

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