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Defensive coaches in college football love speed. And as a linebacker, Akeem Hebron is as fast as they come. See inside for Hebron's quotes on his game and interest in Oklahoma.


Defensive coaches in college football love speed, and as a linebacker Akeem Hebron is as fast as they come. Yes, he will have to put on some weight to play at the college level, but his speed is his main weapon, and he likes the weight room.

"I use my speed because most linemen can't get their hands on me," said Hebron. "I am very fast getting to the ball. I am so quick usually the blockers can't get to me before I get to the ball. Once I get to college and get into a good weight program, I will put on the weight I need to play at the college level."

Hebron will be a three-year starter at outside linebacker, and a year ago he finished with 110 tackles, 11 sacks and two interceptions. As a sophomore, Hebron had 102 tackles and six tackles for loss. Hebron can bench 275 pounds, squats 460 and he posted a 37 ½ inch vertical jump.

Hebron went to the Maryland summer camp last year. He also went to a camp put on by NFL players in his area last year. Akeem has already taken unofficial visits to Penn State and North Carolina, and he hopes to visit Georgia, Virginia Tech, LSU and Oklahoma in the summer.

Hebron has been offered by 26 schools at this point and he is still trying to sort through all the information.

"Rght now my top four schools are Georgia, Virginia Tech, LSU and Oklahoma," said Hebron. "Those are the schools I want to visit in the summer. I don't have a leader among those four, but I look forward to finding out more about them. I am looking to play early wherever I go.

"I want to sign somewhere that I can play early, plus I want to go to a school where I best fit on defense. I want to play in a defense that blitzes a lot and I want to be coming off the edge."

What does he think about Oklahoma at this point?

"I am very interested in Oklahoma," said Hebron. "I just want to get a chance to go to Norman and take a look at what they are all about. I have heard and read great things about the OU program."

Akeem has qualified academically.

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