Hearns Interested in Irish

2013 linebacker James Hearns holds several early verbal scholarship offers including one from Notre Dame. How much interest does the Florida native have in the Irish?

While several college programs have already given Tallahassee (FL) Lincoln linebacker James Hearns early verbal scholarship offers, the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder is no hurry in making a decision. One program he would like to visit is Notre Dame.

"I've not visited Notre Dame yet," said Hearns. "I'm very interested in them but my football season is so hectic, you know the fall is so busy. I would like to take a trip up there but it will have to come in the off season after the football season. So sometime next summer or around there I hope to visit."

Leading the Irish in Hearns recruitment is running back coach Tim Hinton. How much contact has Hearns had with coach Hinton?

"Coach Hinton and I talk all the time," said Hearns. "We talk once a week or at least every two weeks just to stay in touch."

What does Hearns know about the Irish and will the distance from home play a factor in his interest in the Irish?

"I basically know about Notre Dame from what I've seen on television," said Hearns. "It doesn't really matter to me how far away Notre Dame is. Location will not play a role in what school I'm going to pick."

One thing Hearns does know is his desire to stay as a linebacker.

"I'm trying to keep from playing defensive end," said Hearns. "Inside linebacker or outside linebacker it doesn't really matter to me."

On the field Hearns knows he's got areas of strength to go with some areas to work on.

"My strength is my physical play," said Hearns. "I need to work on my coverage skills and stuff to be a complete player, but I do love to hit."

While Hearns grew up a fan of Miami, do not place the Hurricanes as an early favorite.

"I grew up a Miami fan," said Hearns. "But that is not going to play a role in my choice."

With his high school season getting under way next week with a jamboree, Hearns has some simple goals for the 2011 season.

"I want to win another state championship and go 15-0."

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