Linton Wants to Dispel the Myth

Sean Linton, the 6-2, 195-pound receiver from La Mesa (Calif.) Helix, will attend many camps this spring to dispel the label that, with his size, he's a possession receiver, and let everyone know he has speed. He talks about the schools that have been noticing...

La Mesa (Calif.) Helix receiver Sean Linton has been using the spring to dispel the myth that he's just a possession receiver.

At 6-2, 185, Linton said most schools are beginning to take more notice of him, as his film has been making the rounds, but he's doing the camp and combine circuit in hopes of getting his forty to the 4.4 mark.

"Most schools think with my size I'm more a possession guy, but I want to show that I have the speed, too," said Linton. "Coach (Troy) Starr (his Helix coach and former football operations director at Florida), said Florida wants their guys to be fast so we're working on my time. I'm trying to get out of the possession-receiver label. I want people to label myself a playmaker."

Linton has been getting attention from numerous schools, and has one scholarship offer under his belt, from Air Force, but is taking his time during the process.

"I'm just being patient," said Linton. "I'll probably wait until midseason to make my choice. I want to take all my visits if I can. But things are really just getting started. Getting the first offer from Air Force was relieving and I'm just hopeful things will start to pick up more."

Air Force, Utah State and Weber State were the first schools to visit Helix, but Linton said several more coaches have indicated they would be by in the next few weeks.

"My coach said most of the Pac-10 schools will be here, Boise State will be coming and maybe San Diego State," said Linton. "I haven't really heard from San Diego State but Coach Starr said Boise State is going to start recruiting me more."

Linton said the schools he's hearing from consistently include Oregon, Utah, UCLA and Boise State as well some interest from Stanford.

"My top schools are Utah, Oregon and UCLA," said Linton. "I'd kind of like to get away from California and see some schools like Virginia Tech or ones in the Big 12 or Big Ten, but my family would like me nearby."

Linton is planning on camping at UCLA's 1-Day Camp next month and he'll be at the Combine in Los Angeles at the end of this month. He's already been to the Nike Camp in Los Angeles, the AIGA Combine in Long Beach and the Scout/Badger 7on7 Camp, where he earned all-camp honors after helping his team to the tournament title.

Last fall, Linton had 15 receptions for 340 yards and three touchdowns in an offense that highlighted the run and elite tight end Levine Toilolo (Stanford) in the passing game. This year, he figures to be a much bigger factor in the offense.

"Coach Starr said we will be throwing the ball a lot more and I'm also playing backup quarterback in case something happens to our quarterback. I'm also going to play safety, but receiver is where I'll play in college," said Linton.

Academically, Linton has a 3.2 GPA and took the SAT last weekend.

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