March 6, 2008

Largo, Fla. LB up to nine offers

One of the best kept secrets in Florida is no longer such a well kept secret.

Largo, Fla. linebacker Mike Marry is up to nine offers with four coming from SEC schools as well as Duke and Stanford.

A 3.75 grade point average along with 142 tackles tends to have that affect on college recruiters.

Marry, a 6-foot-3, 210 pound linebacker, also had four sacks, three interceptions and a forced fumble to his resume last fall while earning second team all-state honors and the St. Petersburg Times defensive player of the year award.


Marry helped lead his Largoteam to an undefeated season and a playoff run into the Class 5A state semi-finals state championship before losing to St. Thomas Aquinas.


That performance came on the heels of 76 tackles as a sophomore more and carrying only slighly above 160 pounds on a 6-foot-2 frame.

While tacking on an additional 50 pounds, Marry's 40-yard dash time actuallyimproved from a 4.7 to a 4.6.

With all the attention he's receiving, Marry remains grounded in academics.

"I don't have an early favorite," Marry said Wednesday evening. "I'm really looking at all the schools that have offered, especially at their academic programs."

"All have good engineering programs," he said. "Stanford and Duke's programs stand out."

Still, when he makes a decision, which he said could come before the end of the summer, he says he'll factor in both a school with a solid engineering program as well as one that might best help him elevate his talent to the NFL.

With the attention he's getting, Marry hasn't been busy making the junior day rounds.

"I went to Florida's junior day a while back and I plan to go to Southern Florida's junior day at the end of this month," Marry said. "I don't have any other visits planned at this time."

Largo has been a program that Ole Miss has recruited heavily the last few years.

The Rebels signed Dexter McCluster, now a junior wide receiver that saw action in both his first two years on campus, and also recruited Leonard Johnson heavily last January. Johnson ultimately opted for Iowa State.

Marry isn't sure which camps in which he'll participate. He recently missed a Nike Camp, opting instead to keep an personal engagement.

In addition to the 3.75 GPA, Marry took the SAT for the first time recently.

He projects as an outside linebacker, but has played the middle position at Largo.

"I can play any of the linebackers spots," he said. "I'll play anywhere as long as I can get on the field."

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