Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane Attends Gopher Camp

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 at the Gopher camp to learn the latest.

Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane said that he is getting plenty of Midwest interest.

"I'm hearing from all the Big Ten except for Penn State and Northwestern."

Bourne-McFarlane has yet to receive a scholarship offer, but is hoping that he will earn one with a strong showing at one of his many football camps that he will attending. He will be busy attending camps most of the summer.

"I went to Iowa State Saturday and Wisconsin next Sunday. The South Dakota State was canceled until July. I am going to North Dakota State and Northern Iowa for their two-day camps and South Dakota for a team camp.

Bourne-McFarlane played for the Minnesota Magic Black AAU team at the Minnesota AAU tournament two weekends ago at Bloomington Jefferson. They finished third in the state. He plans to play in as many AAU events as possible this summer.

"We are traveling to North Dakota this weekend for a tournament. We'll be gone Thursday through Saturday and then I'm heading to Wisconsin for their camp Sunday," he said.

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 said.

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."

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.

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