Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane Gets 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 Bourne-McFarlane to learn the latest.

Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane played for the Minnesota Magic Black AAU team at the Minnesota AAU Super Regional this past weekend at Bloomington Jefferson.

Bourne-McFarlane said that he has yet to get an offer, but he is receiving plenty of interest.

"I am hearing from everyone in the Big Ten except Northwestern, Iowa State and Nebraksa. I plan on attending camps at Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa State and USC."

Bourne-McFarlane was named to the Minnesota Vikings 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.

He 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 previously told GoldenSports.Net 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 had said that Bourne-McFarlane is working hard to improve his skills.

"He needs to work on his speed," Frisell said. "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."

The work has pzaid off, according to Bourne-McFarlane.

"I am running the 100- and 200-yard dash and relay. I run a 4.64 and 4.65 before track and recently I ran three straight 40's under 4.6."

Bourne-McFarlane averaged 13.5 points per game on the Eagles' basketball team this winter. He has scored in double figures in 22 of 25 games this year and had a season-high 29 points against Edina. Kennedy finished 11-15 this year.

"I plan on playing basketball this summer as much as possible, but my coaches know that football comes first," he said.

Gopher Illustrated Top Stories