Deciding Factors

Academics will be the determining factor in the choice this outstanding linebacker makes concerning his collegiate future.

Ronnie St. Fleur, who attracted offers from many of the outstanding programs in the country, has seen that interest fall off after it became apparent that qualifying would be an issue.

"My grades aren't too good right now," LaFleur told "Since they heard about that, a lot of the offers are being pulled back."

LaFleur does still hold offers from some smaller schools, but has a big decision to make. Many of those bigger programs, including West Virginia, are encourging him to go the junor college or prep school route in order to earn qualifying marks, but he has not invistigated that avenue in great detail yet.

"West Virginia talked to me a couple of weeks ago, and they talked about going to a junior college," LaFleur said. "I haven't thought about that or prep school yet, but that is something I will have to consider. I may wait and see how may grades come out this semester before I do anything."

If LaFleur were to qualify, which seems to be something of a long shot at this point, earning qualifying marks would allow him to enroll at any school of his chosing, if he does not sign a letter of intent during February. With mo major offers at the moment, that seems unlikely, so it looks as is a post-graduate year would be the best option for the big, speedy outside linebacker.

LaFleur totaled more than 225 tackles, including 65 for loss, over the past two seasons.

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