Looney setting visits

James Looney is making plans to take his official visits. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman, who plays on both sides of the ball, will graduate from Lake Worth (Fla.) High School in December and would like to make his trips early in the season. Wake Forest, a longtime favorite of Looney's, is likely his first destination as he prepares to narrow his choices by year end.

"I'm trying to set up visits to Wake Forest, Minnesota, and West Virginia," said James Looney. "My bye week after our forth game of the season and that's the weekend [Wake Forest] plays Duke. I need to talk to Coach McCartney and make sure, but that's when I'd like to go."

The Demon Deacons staff likes Looney at offensive line. His older brother, Joe, became a fixture on the Wake Forest line culminating in a fourth round selection in the NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Looney has similar designs to get his career moving in the same direction.

"I always say I want to go to a school that offers a real good education," Looney said. "I'd like to play in a competitive conference to be able to play in big games. The coach's style will also play a part in my decision. I want to see how he runs the team and how the staff develops their players for a chance at the NFL."

Although some programs, like Minnesota, see Looney as a defensive tackle, Wake Forest and others like him at offensive guard or center. He says that position won't be a major factor in his decision.

"When Wake Forest offered me, they said they loved how I play offensive line with a defense intensity," he said. "It's not a big deal where I play because I just love playing the game of football."

Unfortunately, Looney injured his fifth metatarsal bone prior in the spring and was unable to make it to summer camps. He said he is 100-percent and cleared to play in the Trojans first game which will mark his forth year as a varsity starter.

"I spent a lot of the summer working on my upper body," Looney explained. "I'm going to play left tackle and a little center. On defense, I'll play the nose and defensive end. I want to average 15 pancakes a game and get 15 sacks on the season."

Looney plays about 75-percent of the entire game. He plays in about half of the Trojans plays on defense and every down on offense. His team opens their season on August 31st in Boca Raton against Olympic Heights Community High School. After a 4-2 start in 2011, the Trojans dropped their last four to miss the Florida 7A playoffs.

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