Recruiting: Ian Symonette Talks Faves, Camps

Scuttlebutt on CanesTime, Inside Texas, and OUInsider premium boards have Houston St. Pius OT Ian Symonette landing in Coral Gables in the end. So lots of talk, but what does the 6-9, 330-pounder have to say regarding who leads? Official visits? Camp agenda? And what does he think about being the leading contender for the No. 1 spot in the soon-to-be-released Preseason Texas Top 200?

Ian Symonette will be able to pick the school of his choice, but for now, the 6-9, 330-pounder is going to focus on academics, St. Pius football, and being all that he can be, plus go through the recruiting process. He has not married himself to the Miami Hurricanes, like some speculation suggests. As a matter of fact he gave us a list of ten schools and told us, "No one leads."

So who makes up his favorites at this stage of the game?

Well, we think it's quite possibly Miami, Texas, OU, LSU and USC, perhaps in that order at this stage of the game. But will he take official visits? And, does he have any of the above guaranteed a spot in his official visit itinerary?

Official Visit Slots/Final Five: "In the summer, I plan to narrow my schools down to a top five. And, those five will get official visits. And, my official visits will come after the season."

Make no mistake, whoever lands in that top five will like their chances.

Speculation has it that several parties are heavily involved in where Symonette spends the next 3-4 four years of his life, including his parents, guardian, high school coach.

Symonette explains...

"We're all going to sit down together and discuss it. But in the end, the decision is mine. I will be making the final decision."

Camp Agenda:

Symonette has one team camp set up -- Miami. Anyone else receiving a summer camp appearance?

"My coach and I are beginning to set that (additional team summer camps) up."

Told is already tabbing him as the leading contender for the No. 1 ranking in the Lone Star State and asked what he thought about that, Symonette said, "I think that's an honor. And now, I have to keep on working hard to prove that I deserve it, and to keep it."

One another note: Houston St. Pius Christian has its first opportunity to send one of its own to the U.S. Army All-American game, which is nationally televised on NBC. Symonette has been extended an invite to the All-American Combine event in Waco, Texas (at Baylor University's Floyd Casey Stadium) to introduce himself to the Brass. is the official selection partner for the U.S. Army All-American Game, not to mention the exclusive online sports network sponsor of the event, receiving unrestricted access for the entire week to do video interviews, no-holds barred practice and game evaluations, scouting reports and radio requests.

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