Decision Time Nears Says Dexter Larimore

It's coming down to the wire for lineman Dexter Larimore of Merrillville, Ind., High School. The two-sport star has made on decision -- which sport to play in college -- now the big one nears; which college to choose? He has the list narrowed to a final two, and spoke with about the impending choice.

The official visits are complete, with the final trip having been to Ohio State during the Dec. 2 weekend. There was an official visit to Michigan on Nov. 11, though he was also in attendence at the Michigan - Ohio State game on Nov. 18.

"It was a good time," three-star defensive lineman Dexter Larimore said of his visit to OSU. "On both visits (OSU and U-M) I was able to see more of the schools. The times I'd been to each one before were on game days. There are a lot of similarities, but Ann Arbor is a college town and Columbus is a big city."

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound lineman is also the No. 1 ranked prep wrestler in the nation, according to USA Wrestling. For some time Larimore was undecided on which sport to pursue, having taken wrestling official visits to Michigan State and Iowa State. However, that decision has been resolved, and football is the sport that he will play in college.

Larimore has stated all along that he would like to make his college choice sometime around Christmas, and he is holding to that schedule. "I'll let the coaches know in the next week or two, when I feel it's time," he said.

He has had some visitors to his home as well. He said Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr was in for a visit on Nov. 30, and Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel was in on Monday. "Coach Stripling is coming in (tonight), he said. "I don't have any other in-home visits scheduled at this time."

Larimore said he is undefeated and un-scored on in six wrestling matches so far this season. "It's still early," he said. "I usually have 45-50 matches a season, and I have really been tested yet. I did just beat the No. 2 guy in the state." He said he would also throw the shot put in the spring.

Will either of his final two schools allow him to continue wrestling once he gets to college? "Ohio State told me that after the season I could practice with the wrestling team if I wanted," he said.

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