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Arguably the most talented player on his American (Fla) High defense, cornerback Larry Hope is used to the pressure. With a front page photo in a major news paper and picking up six new offers during the spring evaluation period, the added hype is making Hope work all that much harder.

MADISON - Given the opportunity that most high school football players don't get of participating in spring football practices, Larry Hope approached this stint of football at American (Fla) High as an opportunity to knock the rust off, get back in shape and get adjusted to his teammates so they can come out clicking in the fall.

The Miami Herald certainly tried to change that approach before his uniform was even dirty.

Taking his picture and putting it on the front page after the team's first practice, Hope can not only feel the pressure of being one of the team's leaders on defense, but he can see it, too.

"It comes with the hard work I have put in and me just wanting to see everything go well," Hope told Badger Nation. "The pressure is not really a big deal to me, because I like the pressure on me. We just have to keep working hard because we have to play a hard team this year for the spring game."

The 5-foot 11, 167-pound cornerback has thrived in the spotlight last season, using his 4.41 40-yard dash speed to be a legitimate shutdown cornerback, registering 45 tackles and three interceptions when opposing quarterbacks had the gumption to challenge him.

It's made college coaches open their eyes, as well. After holding offers from Buffalo, Kansas, South Florida and Wisconsin in mid April, Hope has really taken advantage of the spring evaluation period, seeing his offer list climb to 10 with new offers from Bowling Green, Duke, Louisville, Nebraska, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

"I'd say about 15 schools have come to watch me practice, but even more have just come to my school," Hope said. "I feel like all the schools that have offered me can see how hard I have worked and I am going to keep trying to produce that on the field."

One of those schools that has done both is Wisconsin, as co-defensive coordinator Charlie Partridge was one of the first people to talk with and offer Hope. Hope said Partridge has been down a bunch of times to talk to him, his coaches and watch him workout.

"The coaches have told me that I'm there number one corner, he thinks my highlight film is really great and that I am a big corner," Hope said. "Coach Partridge really says he likes my practice work ethic and that makes them want me even more."

Hope plans on taking official visits in the fall and make his decision after discussing it with his family.

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