- Dave Hooker, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Daveonn Porter is in no hurry to end his recruitment.
With more colleges calling lately, that seems to be the prudent approach. Porter, who played tailback for Clarksdale (Miss.) Coahoma, said he was leaning toward signing with Louisiana-Lafayette before other schools started showing interest.
Recent interest from Arkansas, Kentucky, Memphis and Oregon has clouded Porter's recruitment. Therefore, he said he won't likely sign his scholarship papers on Wednesday, which is the first day junior college prospects can sign with four-year schools. Porter said he'll likely wait until after Christmas and could take an official visit before enrolling at his chosen school in January. Porter has two years of eligibility remaining.
Porter firmly believes he'll have more options soon. Memphis, he said, seems close to offering him a scholarship.
"Memphis is going to offer real soon," said Porter, who attended nearby Southwind High School before enrolling in junior college. "It's the hometown. There's nothing better than playing with all my family there. I like Memphis. They've got a good coaching staff. I know a lot of the players there and a lot of the coaches."
Porter said he knows more than 20 current players for the Tigers. He's visited the school often. He has taken official visits to Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas Southern.
"A school were I could get the ball in a wide-open offense," Porter said when asked what he's looking for. "Just an opportunity."
The speedy Porter rushed for 879 yards in just nine games last season. He ran for most of those yards while playing in a zone-read, spread offense. That certainly makes Oregon appealing because they run a similar offense which is also predicated on speed.
"The offense is speed," Porter said. "That's the type of guy I am. Just hit a seam and run. That's what I like doing, basically. You'll be in a lot of one-on-one situations with the defender."
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