After a strong debut high school season, North Carolina running back Larry Rountree III has seen an increase in his recruiting.
“It was unexplainable,” Rountree said, “but I just kept working hard and I just knew that if I kept working hard I’d get an offer from an SEC school.”
Rountree, a 5-foot-11, 205-pounder in the Class of 2017, attends Millbrook High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a junior last season, his first on the varsity, Rountree rushed for 1,971 yards and 23 touchdowns on 184 carries — an average of 10.7 yards per carry.
Rountree said he received some high praise from Missouri recruiting coordinator A.J. Ofodile.
“He called me a couple weeks ago and told me that I’m the No. 1 RB that had not been offered yet,” Rountree said. “That was the main thing. He said the way their RBs are and how the offense is set up, it would be a really good fit for me.”
Rountree admitted he doesn’t know much about Missouri’s program, though that should change when he visits the school in July.
“I know about Michael Sam,” the running back said of the former SEC defensive player of the year. “I heard he was like a monster. That’s all I really know. Just Michael Sam. That’s the only person I really know. I don’t really know any other guys. I know the uniforms are really, really fly and I know it’s a great program for running backs.”
Missouri apparently thinks Rountree is a great fit for the Tigers.
What kind of running back is he?
“I think I’m very elusive,” Rountree said. “Like I can either run over you, run around you or give you a good move or jump over you or any of that. I’ve got a lot of power, elusiveness and speed.”
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