Three Visits Set for Larimore

Defensive tackle Dexter Larimore is a two-sport star who has his choice of top schools in either wrestling or football. spoke Tuesday with the big prospect, and he filled us in on his three official visits for football. It turns out those are the only three visits he can take.

Most top athletes find they have difficulty deciding which college to choose for the one sport in which they excel. However, there is the rare athlete that shines in two or more sports, and the college decision is compounded by the choice of which sport to pursue.

Such is the case with Dexter Larimore of Merrilville, Ind., High School. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound prospect was recently named the No. 1 prep wrestler in the nation by USA Wrestling. He has already taken official visits to Michigan State and Iowa State for wrestling. He has three official visits set up for football as well. "I'm going to Indiana this weekend," he said. "Then I'm going to Michigan next weekend. I'm going to Ohio State on Dec. 3."

And U-M, OSU and Indiana are it. "Those are the only official visits for football I can take," he said. "I used the other two for my wrestling visits. It doesn't matter which sport, I only get five visits."

A star in two sports, at one time he was considering pursuing the wrestling career, but that has changed. "I'm pretty sure it's football now," he said. "Indiana said I could do both sports, but Michigan and Ohio State haven't talked about it. I can't see doing both, especially at places like OSU and Michigan, because football is a year-round sport."

Larimore said that at one time Michigan State was looking at him for both sports, but he told them he would only be interested in wrestling if he attended school in East Lansing. "Iowa State never really talked to me about football," he said.

The big man was a busy camper over the summer, spending time at Indiana, Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Virginia camp. He said he also attended the Nike Camp at Michigan.

A stellar student, Larimore reports a 3.4 grade-point average and a score of 1060 on the old version of the SAT. However, he may need to retake the test. "My counselor is telling me I have to take the new one in order to qualify," he said. "I'm not sure how that works."

Larimore said he will make his decision shortly after his official visits are complete. "I'm still kinda enjoying this," he said. "But I have to be home every night when the coaches call. I'll be glad when that is over."

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