Wrestling or Football for Larimore - or Both?

A talented athlete in two sports, Dexter Larimore of Merrillville, Ind., High School has college options not open to many. With scholarship offers in both football and wrestling, the difficulty may be in which sport he wishes to pursue. Of course, it may be that he just decides to do both. GoBlueWolverine.com caught up with the Indiana big man to talk about recruiting, and his recent football offers.

Having a college education paid for as a result of athletic gifts is a thing most kids only dream of. For those who do aspire to such lofty goals, ability in one sport is certainly enough to make the dream come true. However, every once in a while an athlete so gifted and talented comes along, the dream can be realized in multiple sports.

Such is the case of Dexter Larimore of Merrillville, Ind., High School. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound athlete recently received scholarship offers from two of the most storied college football programs in the country - Michigan and Ohio State. He know adds those coveted offers to the home-state school, Indiana, which was the first to offer the day after Signing Day this year, along with Illinois, Ball State and Western Michigan. Larimore is being recruited to play on the defensive side of the ball, and will most likely be at the tackle position.

But football isn't the only option available to Larimore as far as his college sports plans are concerned. He is also a top-ranked wrestler who made it to the Indiana state finals (heavyweight division) as a sophomore. Which sport will prevail? "If I can I'd like to do both," he said. "Some schools, like Indiana, have told me I can do that if I want to. I also have a wrestling offer from Michigan State, but they are also looking at me for football." He also has an offer for wrestling from Iowa State.

Larimore recently visited the two schools that most recently jumped into the football sweepstakes, hitting Ann Arbor the Michigan's contest against Notre Dame, and visiting Columbus for the Buckeyes' 31-6 victory over Iowa. Both were unofficial visits, and Larimore compared the visits. "Both stadiums are huge and the crowds are loud," he said. "But I liked the atmosphere at Ohio State better, there seemed to be more excitement in the air."

Is the talented defensive leaning toward the Buckeyes? "I really don't have a leader right now. I'm going to wait to take all of my visits before making any decision, and that won't be at least until December," he said. "I grew up a Michigan fan and I've always like them."

Merrillville is 4-2 on the season and visits Valparaiso on Friday. Larimore didn't have his season stats available.

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