Looney working his way back

James Looney is working his way back to health after a foot injury kept him out of action for a while. Looney discussed the injury as well as his recruitment with DeaconSports.

The 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman fractured a bone in his foot a while back and this week he told Deacon Sports that he's "about 80 or 90-percent" back to health in his recovery.

"I can't sprint but I can run," Looney said. "I should be 100-percent in three weeks so it's going good."

Sometimes the biggest hurdle to clear in coming back from an injury is the mental hurdle. Looney will have to face that quickly as his first game during his senior season at Lake Worth (FL) will come shortly after he's back to 100-percent.

Most of the schools that were recruiting Looney before his injury have stayed in contact but some schools are now saying they want to see how he performs once he's back to full health before they would be willing to accept a commitment.

Wake Forest, West Virginia, South Florida and Minnesota are some of the schools that have offered Looney, and the Deacs have really impressed him so far. It doesn't hurt that his brother played for the school.

"You know, my brother played there so I've been there and I'm pretty familiar with Wake Forest," Looney said. "But that won't really affect my decision. I still see Wake the same way I see all the other colleges. I just know them a lot better. I know the facilities, how they play and how their coaches are.

"I do like Wake a lot. I think it's a real good program. I think coach Grobe is a heckuva guy. They've got a new offensive line coach and I've met him. He seems like a great guy too."

Looney isn't sure when a decision might come or what his plans are for official visits yet.

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