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Offers for Wharton lineman Stout getting stronger

Earlier this month, Wharton OL Hunter Stout was still waiting for his first major Division I scholarship offer.

On Sunday, he completed an official visit to Louisville, which made him an offer 10 days ago. He came away impressed.

"They play in the Big East so they have the chance to win the national championship," said Stout, whose past two official visits were to Florida Atlantic and Western Kentucky.

"They went to the Orange Bowl a couple years ago, and the way they're talking, their goal is to get back there in the next couple years."

He's slated to make an official visit to Auburn this weekend and wants to take Colorado up on an invitation the following weekend.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Stout has definitely become a sudden target for those schools. Sunday morning, he received a call from new Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who coincidentally came from Colorado. Moments later, Stout received a call from a Colorado assistant.

"That was kind of interesting," he said.

A Phoenix pipeline? Jefferson lineman Jarrod Gant's oral commitment to Elon marks the latest development in the university's heavy efforts in Hills­borough — particularly for some of the county's top linemen.

The Phoenix, a I-AA program, also has offered scholarships to Stout, Plant DE Javon Mention and Durant OL Cole Gilliam. Elon also has shown interest in Plant S Hunter Baldwin.

Elon was 8-4 last season and finished third in the Southern Conference.

Bull market in Pinellas: Last week, Boca Ciega DE Julius Forte said he was going to USF, joining three other Pinellas County athletes: Dixie Hollins TE Gerard Atkins, Dunedin RB Darius Bellamy and Lakewood DB JaQuez Jenkins.

And there could be more.

LB Mike Marry and WR Mike Lang, both of Largo, visited the Bulls two weeks ago, and Northeast DB Juarez Wynn made a trip there over the weekend.

ODDS AND ENDS: Largo's Marry went to Mississippi over the weekend and was reunited with former Packers standout RB Dexter McCluster, who led the Rebels to a victory over Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl. … Palm Harbor University QB Sean Shelton said he most likely will commit to Florida Atlantic if the school offers during his visit this week. … OL Ryan Weitz and FB Billy Byrne, both of East Lake, are visiting Lehigh this weekend, Eagles coach Bob Hudson said. … Hills­borough OL Darrin Baker is leaning toward committing to FAU, Terriers coach Earl Garcia said. Chamberlain WR Anthony Williams is making an official visit to Troy this weekend and might take a trip to Rutgers the weekend after that. … Tampa Catholic DL Brandon Green made an official visit to Northern Iowa over the weekend, Crusaders coach Bob Henriquez said. Wharton RB/DB Jairus Jones went to Iowa over the weekend and is slated to go to Michigan State next week. … Hernando P/K Josh Harvey, who had a 40.8 yard punting average and converted seven field goals, is being recruited by Akron and Bethune-Cookman, Leopards coach John Palmer said, and TE/LB Clay Kessler, who had an injury-hampered season, is being courted by I-AA Dela­ware and Sacred Heart (Conn.). … Central two-way lineman Kevin Grier is set to visit Bethune-Cookman this coming weekend.

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About this series

This is the second in a weekly look at area college football recruiting. Currently, players can make only nonbinding oral commitments. They can make it official Feb. 4.

Offers for Wharton lineman Stout getting stronger 01/19/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 19, 2009 4:41pm]

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