Coker Visits Top Recruit

At 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Boutte (La.) Hahnville standout free safety LaRon Landry emerged as one of the state's premier prospects by season's end.

The talented athlete threw for over 1,200 yards, ran for 800, and scored over 20 touchdowns offensively. On defense, he registered seven interceptions.

"I enjoyed playing quarterback this year," Landry said. "It gave me a chance to have the ball in my hands on every play. I wanted to make something happen every time I could."

Landry said he's lost a few pounds since starting basketball shortly after football season ended.

"It's snapping me into shape," he said (laughing). "I'm also going to run some of the relays in track this year. I'll do the 4x1 and the 4x2 and I might run the 100."

Landry said the recruiting process is really starting to heat up lately.

"It's been getting real hard for me to figure out what's going on," he said. "I used to tell people that this school was my leader or that school was my leader. But I've learned a lot on my visits and I still have one more to take. They're all even right now."

Landry has things narrowed down to three schools - LSU, Florida, and Miami.

"I've been to LSU and I just came from Florida," he said. "They were both great, excellent visits. LSU is close to home and they've been recruiting me hard all year. At Florida, the players made me feel like I was at home. Everyone gets along real well there and I liked the coaches. Plus I like the whole set up of their program."

Landry said he'll take one final visit before making a final decision.

"I'm going to wait for everything until after my visit to Miami next weekend," he said. "It's on the 24th. I've been looking forward to this visit for a long time now. Miami's Miami, I mean. They always produce great players and I like the opportunity they have for me. I'll know a lot more after my visit."

Before he takes that visit, Landry will be getting an in-home visit from UM head coach Larry Coker.

"Coach Coker's coming by the crib tonight," he said. "I have some questions for him and basically we'll probably just talk about Miami and the opportunity there."

Landry said he's excited that UM is sending its head coach to his house.

"I hope that means they really like me," he said laughing.

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