LB Having Break-Out Spring

Patrick Larimore, the 6-2, 228-pound linebacker from Newhall (Calif.) Hart, has been proving this spring that he could be one of the best prospects at his position in SoCal. The Pac-10 is just starting to take notice, and Larimore told us about the attention he's now getting...

On the heels of a strong performance at the Los Angeles Nike Camp, Newhall (Calif.) Hart linebacker Patrick Larimore (6-2, 228) is starting to see an increase in contact from Pac-10 schools.

"UCLA has gotten in touch with me and I've heard from Washington and Oregon," said Larimore. "I've been talking to Stanford, gotten a lot of letters from Miami, a lot of letters from California, and USC has sent me some stuff. A lot of interest from the West Coast schools."

Washington State, Arizona State and Colorado have also been corresponding with Larimore. And prior to the Nike Camp, Larimore received his first two scholarship offers, from San Diego State and Duke.

From all of those schools showing him interest, Larimore said he's got a solid list of favorites. "This is in no order, but Cal, UCLA, Washington, Duke, USC and Stanford are the ones standing out to me," said Larimore. "Duke's offered me, so that stands out, but I'm a long way from narrowing it down. I'll take as much time as I need to before I make my decision."

While he hasn't picked up any additional offers, the rising interest in Larimore is obvious, and he thinks it's a matter of time and one issue. "I think it's been slow because my forty time isn't really out there," said Larimore. "I showed at the Nike Camp that I could play but people were wondering about my forty time."

This week, Larimore will have his forty time recorded publicly when he attends the Scout Combine in Los Angeles. "I've run a 4.6 so anything below 4.7 is good for me," said Larimore.

Larimore said most schools are looking at him to play in the middle but that Stanford likes him on the strongside. "Middle linebacker is my spot, but I'd play any linebacker spot," said Larimore. "And I'd like to stay in the Pac-10, but that's not going to affect my decision. I want a good education."

With a 3.6 GPA that continues to rise (he had a 3.87 last quarter), Larimore has already achieved qualifying status after scoring a 1670 on the SAT. "If a school requires a higher score, than I'll retake it. Stanford told me I need to get it a little higher, so if they offer, I'll retake it for them," said Larimore.

Larimore said that while Hart is naturally known for their prolific passing offenses, there has been a strong tradition of fine linebackers. "We've had great linebackers here like Brian Elledge, Pat Norton and Dan Howell so we've been known for our defense, too," said Larimore.

Larimore had a stellar junior season, recording 138 tackles, three times going for more than 16 tackles in a game. He averaged 10.6 tackles a game, a school record and earned first team all-league honors.

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