Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane Gets Gopher Interest

Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver from Bloomington (MN) Kennedy, is one of the state's top wideouts. Bourne-McFarlane, who caught 67 passes for 803 yards and nine touchdowns for the Eagles, is getting recruiting interest from several top Midwest football teams, including Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kennedy head coach Dave Frissell to learn the latest.

Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane was named to the Minnesota Viking All-State team and was honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press.

Bourne-McFarlane had several big games this season. He caught eight passes for 116 yards in a 27-13 win over crosstown rival Bloomington Jefferson. Bourne-McFarlane hauled in nine receptions for 115 yards against Park of Cottage Grove.

Bourne-McFarlane had 13 catches for 155 yards in a 39-20 loss to Apple Valley and 12 grabs for 188 yards in a 25-22 win over Eagan.

Kennedy head coach Dave Frisell said that Bourne-McFarlane is hearing from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Frisell said that his standout wide receiver is planning on attending several summer camps.

"He is going to Minnesota's and Wisconsin's camp for sure. He may go to Nebraska and could go to Iowa with teammate Joe Lund, a 6-foot-2, 270 pound offensive lineman.

Frisell said that Bourne-McFarlane has many strengths as a wide receiver.

"He has a great set of hands. He is very athletic and very strong. Physically, he can get away from people with his strength.

Frisell said that Bourne-McFarlane is working hard to improve his skills.

"He needs to work on his speed. He is not quite where he needs to be. He runs a 4.65 40-yard dash. He wants to get down to a 4.6 or 4.5. He plans to run track this spring, which should help. He does not run with good technique now."

Frisell said Minnesota has been very active in their recruitment. Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster visited the Kennedy campus shortly after being hired and assistant coach John Butler has been in regular contact.

"Coach Butler has been working the phones and texting him."

Bourne-McFarlane is averaging 13.8 points per game on the Eagles' basketball team this winter. He has scored in double figures in 16 of 18 games this year and had a season-high 29 points against Edina. Kennedy is currently 7-12 this year.

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