No rush for Fleming

After receiving offers from programs in conferences like the Pac 10, SEC, Big 12 and others, the recruitment of T.K. Fleming is starting to heat up. The Louisiana athlete says distance from home won't play a big factor in his decision, but what will? We get those answers from T.K. in this update with Big Red Report.

T.K. Fleming, out of Benton high school in Louisiana, has a big impact in games for his high school squad. The talented prospect finds himself lined up all over the field on Friday nights. But if you ask him for his preference, he'll tell you his ideal spot is on defense.

"Yeah, I play on offense and defense (67 tackles) in high school. I play wide receiver and running back on offense, and on defense I play free safety and some corner back and linebacker. On special teams, I'm in there too.

"I play kick returner and punt returner, and I'm also a gunner when we punt and on kickoff."

Do you have a favorite position?

"I would say somewhere on defense, I like safety a lot. Anywhere you get to hit people is fine with me."

Several schools have recognized his accomplishments on the gridiron, and made scholarship offers as a result.

"My first offer was from UCLA, I got Nebraska last year too. I also have Mississippi State, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Louisville, Southern Miss and I know there are a few more I'm forgetting.

"I have offers from smaller schools like Cornell, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, schools like that."

So you've been carrying a Nebraska offer since last year?

"Yes Sir, I think I got it during football season sometime. I haven't spoken to them yet, but I get all these letters from them. I'm hoping to learn more about them over the summer after I get out of school.

"I'm going to spend the summer going to a few local schools and trying to learn as much as I can about the schools farther away. Then after that I'll pick a few to take visits to during the fall. I don't think I'll be committing until late in my senior year."

I know you play several positions in high school, are all the schools recruiting you for safety?

"Oklahoma State said something about me playing some wing-back, LSU said the same thing, they (LSU) said defense too. Everybody else has pretty much said safety, and some think I might grow into a linebacker."

T.K. said picking a school will ultimately come down to a few factors, but where the school is located won't be one of them.

"I'm looking for a good campus, with a program with a good football background, with a coaching staff with a good system. Like what type of defense do they run, and how could I fit in. I want a school that has good academics though, that is important to me. I haven't decided on my major just yet.

"I'm not really worried about distance from home, it's really about the campus life, and am I comfortable at the school."

At 6-foot-3, and 207-pounds, T.K. plans to participate in three sports his senior year: Basketball, Football and Track. His events in track are the 100 meter, triple jump, high jump and long jump. He reports a best time in the 100 meter of 10.9. T.K. grew up a LSU fan, and admitted an offer from the Tigers would be "tough to beat", but insisted he wouldn't commit on the sport if offered. T.K. was also named first team All-District in football as a junior.


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