Super-smart WR likes UT

Tennessee recruiters are pursuing a wide receiver who ranks with the best and the brightest nationwide.

Mohamed Massaquoi is a 6-2, 191-pounder from Independence High of Charlotte, N.C. He caught 87 passes for 1525 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior last fall. Taking some college-level courses, he also compiled a 4.1 grade-point average on his school's 4.0 scale. He already has a 1100 score on the SAT.

Blessed with 4.5 speed and a 38-inch vertical jump, he has the physical tools to be an outstanding college player. He also has a good head for the game.

''I know what I'm doing,'' he told Allen Wallace of ''I play smart and I use my hands good. I'm also pretty powerful and use that to run over people. I really can't point out one thing I need to improve on. I'm trying to get better at everything.''

Massaquoi also has good bloodlines. He is a cousin of Michigan tight end Tim Massaquoi, who has been quick to share advice.

''He told me what he went through and says that I need to take my time and make sure I'm comfortable with the school and that's what I plan to do,'' Massaquoi said. ''I have to be comfortable and feel at home wherever I go. I'd like to go to a fun college town and be in a good location where there's lots to do. I also want to go to a school that's winning or at least on the way up.''

He says he has no real leader but admits that his early favorites include Georgia, North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Tennessee and Clemson. He says all have offered scholarships. So have Michigan, Nebraska, Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina.

Staying close to home seems to be a priority. That could work in favor of North Carolina. ''They offered me last summer,'' he said. ''It's only about two and a half hours away and it's a great town. But I was also really impressed with Georgia. I liked all their facilities and the campus was great. I really liked the coaches. Also my old teammate, Mario Raley, goes there and really likes it.

''I like Duke, too, because they have great academics and are improving. They have great new facilities.''

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