Corey Bassett hearing from several

Texas 5A football District 8 is considered one of the most competitive in the state. Playing at Plano East High School one usually gets their fair share of notice from college recruiters with the high level of area talent and competition. Junior cornerback Corey Bassett is just getting his recruiting underway and hopes to become the next Panther in line for a big-time football scholarship.

"We did all right," said Corey Bassett of the Panthers 2010 season. "We finished .500 in the best district in the state of Texas, District 8. We lost two real close ones. If you look at the stats in games we lost we dominated, but we should have won, just something wasn't clicking right."

Bassett, 5-8, 165, had 26 tackles (one for loss), 15 pass breakups, and six blocked kicks (his specialty). He was named 2nd team All-District (TX 5A-8).

"It's all about film study, film study, film study," said Basssett. "I feel that knowledge helps me get ahead on the field. I know what to look for with the quarterback, how he moves his shoulders, how he looks down his receivers. Also, my quickness helps me make plays on the ball. I have a background in track, and the speed I've developed there has helped me in my game."

Plano East has seen the likes of players such as Kennan Robinson (linebacker at Texas), Toben Opurum (running back at Kansas) and Josh Peprah (safety at Wisconsin) move on to Division 1 success. This year offensive lineman Jake Brendal chose UCLA and defensive back Lyndell

"Last year I went to SMU for three games on unofficial visits," Bassett said. "Tennessee called and spoke to me. Tennessee's a good program. I've got family up there in my cousin and my uncle, so it's somewhere I'm definitely interested in learning more about."

Although Bassett didn't attend any college camps a year ago, he plans on making it to some this summer as recruiting intensifies.

"I'd like to go to a program with coaches who care about their players," said Bassett. "I'm going to look at student/teacher ratio. As far as football, any where I go it's a 100 yard field, so it's up to me to make that happen. I kind of want to get away and go some place different, far but not too far."

With a summer of camps and a senior year still ahead of him, Bassett believes he's primed for a strong final showing for the Plano East Panthers.

"In the off-season I'm working at getting bigger and faster," Bassett said. "I'd like to gain some weight. I feel I can add some weight to my frame without losing any quickness. Next year it's all about getting that ring on the finger. It's time for me to step up as a senior and be a leader. Hopefully we'll bond as a team and turn those close losses from this year into victories."

Bassett competes in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and 4x1 relay. His best time in the 100 is a 10.54, and 200 a 22.3. Bassett had 29 tackles in his sophomore year, two for loss, three pass breakups, one interception and three blocked field goal attempts. He wears No. 12 for the Panthers.

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