Fleming Talks Recruiting

All prospects are not created equal. Nobody represents this statement any better than Island Coast High School's Willie Fleming. The athletic senior has proven to be a difference maker at several positions on the field, and several programs are starting to take notice as a result of it. BRZ recently sat down with Fleming to see what his recruitment is looking like so far.

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"I'm hearing from Louisville, Ball State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Eastern Michigan, Michigan and Charleston Southern right now," Fleming tells BlueRaiderZone. "I'm probably hearing the most from Middle Tennessee. They invited me to their junior day and Spring game, but I couldn't make it. Hopefully I'll hear from some more [schools] in the Spring."

It's no wonder that so many schools have already gotten in touch with the gifted athlete. At 5-10, 190 lbs. he's got a frame that could easily fit into multiple positions on the field. On top of that, he sports an impressive 4.50 time in the 40-yard dash, giving him a desirable combination of attributes.

His physicality has allowed him to excel in multiple positions for Island Coast, where he has seen time at linebacker, strong safety and running back. As it stands now, Fleming is unsure about where he'll eventually end up at the next level, although he does have a preference.

"I want to play running back, but defense is where my heart's at. I love to hit," he laughs. "[Running back] is what I'm probably going to go for, though. I normally play linebacker and strong safety, but we've got Mario Pender, so I didn't really start running the ball until later in the season."

Fleming's 2010 stats are truly a testament to his athleticism. On defense, he tallied 95 total tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and four pass deflections. On the offensive side of the ball, he managed to punch it across the goal line four times in post-season play, despite limited carries.

"My instinct is my best attribute," Fleming says, going on to say that his ability to read the field allows him to excel in multiple positions. "The best part about my game is that when the ball snaps, I'm finding it. That's on defense. I'm a bruiser. I just love to hit."

Just like most programs around the country, Island Coast is getting prepped and ready for their Spring practice, which will gear up in May. During the next couple of months, Fleming will really try to work on increasing his already impressive speed and prepare for a more steady workload at the tailback position.

"I'll be featured more earlier in the season. That's what the coaches have been talking about," he says. "I'm ready for it. More than ready. I'll just be happy to get the chance to showcase my talent."

Fleming is hoping to entertain recruiters from several programs during his Spring drills. Although he hasn't received any scholarship offers yet, the Cape Coral native already knows what he's looking for out of a collegiate program.

"First is the academics," he says matter-of-factly. "Then the playing time and then the overall environment of the program, the campus and all of that."

While it's far too early to name favorites at this point, Fleming admits that he's been reading up on the program to show him the most interest so far, Middle Tennessee.

"I did look into them a little bit. They've got a nice program," he says. "I definitely wouldn't mind going to Middle Tennessee. I looked at the pictures of the campus and it looks like a really nice environment. I hope I can take a visit there."

Stay tuned to BlueRaiderZone.com for more on Willie in the upcoming months.

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