Huskers in pursuit of big back from Florida

Want a big player that can move? Then you better take a look down in Florida. Not just in general, but head on down to Orlando (Flor.) Freedom High School and take a look at James Poe. He very well could be one of the best running back/linebackers in the state and in the nation. He has already set an official to Nebraska, but who else is he considering?

James Poe was thankful this past week that the hurricane missed hitting them head on. They were able to get a game in and didn't have any damage to worry about, unlike a very hard year last year for Floridians.

"We're doing good. It's hot," Poe said. "We didn't get hit by the hurricane head-on. We got some rain, but we didn't get any rain the night we played our game."

"We won 32-6. I had 105 yards and two touchdowns. I don't know how many times I got the ball."

Besides running the ball Poe is getting some chances to do some special teams as well. "I am doing some kick returns. We only got on kick off. That was right at half-time. I took that one for about 20 yards. That was the only one we got."

Per his coach, Henry Anderson, Poe is being looked at by over 50 teams in the nation so you can understand why recruiting is going good for him. "Recruiting is going good. I lost count on my offers. I don't even know. I haven't started to narrow anything yet."

Although he hasn't started to narrow things down to his final choices a few schools are standing out. "Louisville is standing out. Also Florida and Nebraska is standing out. I am going to see Nebraska October 1. I don't have any others set, but I am going to set one up to Louisville."

"Both Nebraska and Louisville are my leaders. You could put both of their interest as high."

Florida and Louisville might share an advantage over Nebraska when it comes to proximity to home for Poe. Is distance a big consideration for Poe and what are his other considerations?

"Distance isn't a big thing. I don't care. I am looking for a good education, if the school is good for me, also how they run things there and the other part is the team."

Pretty much every team is looking at Poe to play running back at the next level except one. If it were Poe's choice though he would like to play offense in college. "I think West Virginia is recruiting me as a linebacker. I want to run the ball."

When it comes to playing running back Poe says that his power in one on one situations is his biggest strength. "I think my strength is my one on one ability. It's about power. I am 6-foot-3, almost 6-foot-4 and 215 to 220 pounds. I run a 4.5 40-yard dash."

As a junior Poe ran for 667 yards on 132 attempts averaging over five yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. He also hauled in 12 passes for 129 yards and two scores.


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