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What I learned this weekend

11/8/2011

Poggi likes Michigan

Henry Poggi is continuing to evaluate his college options – and that's good news for Michigan, where the standout from Baltimore (Md.) Gilman visited last weekend.

“It was good,” the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder said. “It was good to get out there and see a game at The Big House. It was pretty cool.”

Poggi, who could play defensive tackle or tight end in college, said he has grown close to the Wolverines' coaching staff during the recruiting process.

Poggi continues to garner more offers, most recently from Boston College and Purdue, even though it seems like those schools are not truly in the running for his services.

When asked what he's looking for in a college, Poggi said, “A great education, especially coming from Gilman. Players I can connect with. Then I want coaches that really care about me, that are good people, that are going to build my character. I also want to win a lot.”

Poggi has also expressed strong interest in Tennessee despite its 4-5 record.

“It’s real tough to turn a program around,” he said. “I don't think this year will determine whether they make my cut.”

Poggi has also grown close to Tennessee linebackers coach Peter Simon.

“He's very personable,” Poggi said. “Coming from a young guy, he played in the NFL, he played at Oregon. You feel, as a young person that he's someone you can relate to, someone who has been through the same things. He's succeeded. He's a pretty cool guy to talk to and that's nice.”

LSU in it for LeMay

Uriah LeMay (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) seems plenty interested in LSU, which reaffirmed its scholarship offer this week.

“Quite impressed from afar,” LeMay's father, Stacy LeMay, stated in a text to ESPN. “Would love to take a visit in the spring.”

The LeMays have a strong relationship with LSU assistant coach Billy Gonzalez, who recruited Christian LeMay when he was a coach at Florida. Christian LeMay is now a freshman quarterback at Georgia.

The Bulldogs haven't exactly wowed LeMay, who said this week that his brother's presence in Athens wouldn't guarantee that he's end up there. LSU is another option all together.

“It's amazing,” Uriah said. “Honestly, I've liked LSU since last year. The offer was welcomed with open arms.”

LeMay recorded 112 yards on Friday as Butler beat rival Hoke County 42-6.

“Physically, he's like a man among boys out there,” Butler head coach Brian Hales said. “Whether he's catching balls downfield, breaking tackles, whether he's getting balls out of the backfield, he's just such a big kid and such a strong kid, some have a tough time just bringing him to the ground.”

Two more?

Channing Stribling and Josh Glisson could be the next junior prospects worth keeping tabs on from Butler High School. Stribling is a 6-3, 175-pounder who plays receiver and cornerback. Glisson is a 5-10, 205-pound tailback.

Neither have a scholarship offer yet, but Glisson is in contact with Miami, Duke, North Carolina State, Louisville and Minnesota and Stribling is hearing from Miami, NC State, Duke, North Carolina and Florida.

Stribling, who is originally from Opelika, Ala., is very familiar with Alabama and Auburn football.

“If Auburn calls, I'm going to have to go with the Tigers,” Stribling joked. “Nick Saban should have got me.”

Said Hales of Stribling, “I know it's cliché, but the first guy is always missing him. He doesn't look like he's doing a lot. He's just real subtle and real slick with his moves.”

State of Seminoles

Florida State certainly made its presence felt Friday night when it sent coach Odell Haggins to personally inspect E.J. Levenberry's game.

“Florida State coach Odell Haggins (is) first coach to come see E.J. Levenberry play this season. Actions say more than words!” Levenberry's father, Eric Levenberry, stated in a text message to ESPN.

Levenberry has several scholarship offers, but has said he's primarily considering Florida State, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

All about timing

Keith Marshall from Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook and Todd Gurley from Tarboro (N.C.) High School have contemplated announcing their college decision together, but don't bank on it.

Marshall, who is considering Georgia, Florida, Notre Dame, Clemson and South Carolina, is a bit more reserved than Gurley, who has said Georgia and North Carolina are his leaders. Gurley wants a press conference. Marshall just wants the whole process to be over.

Still, when Marshall announces his commitment in the next few weeks, as he must as a mid-term enrollee, it will offer a strong hint where Gurley might end up if he hasn't announced a decision yet.

The two will likely commit to the same school.