As recruiting heats up, Rountree prepares for senior season
Posted June 15, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — After a big junior season got his name on the radar of football coaches, Larry Rountree has seen his recruiting heat up this spring.
The Millbrook High School running back has three offers so far – Appalachian State, Boston College and Miami (OH).
Boston College was the first Atlantic Coast Conference school to extend an offer to Rountree. It happened during spring football workouts at Millbrook last month.
"It was great. That day at spring ball they came out and offered three of our kids, they've since come back and offered another, so we've got four kids that have been offered by Boston College," said Millbrook football coach Clarence Inscore.
Rountree said the offer caught him by surprise.
"It was crazy. I didn't expect it at the moment, but everything clicked and he came back and he told me that they were going to offer me," he said. "It meant a lot to me because a lot of hard work paid off and he offered me. I worked very hard for it and I think I earned it."
His hard work paid off last season on the field too. Rountree rushed for 1,971 yards and 23 touchdowns on 184 carries, earning all-conference honors.
"He had a great season last year for us as a junior and got a lot of buzz around him," Inscore said.
Rountree isn't satisfied with those numbers though, and he has worked throughout the off season to prepare for an even better senior season.
"The spring has been amazing. We're just working hard and taking it day-by-day," he said. "I want to break all my numbers from last year. So 23 touchdowns, I want 30 touchdowns ... I want 2,000 yards. It's just upping what I want to do."
A big senior season could lead to more offers, and Inscore expects that will happen for Rountree.
"Number onehe's been working really hard in the classroom. He wants to make sure his academics are right so that when opportunities come, as far as scholarships, he's able to do that. He's always worked hard in the weight room and he's gotten himself in great shape," Inscore said. "I just think he has to keep improving, he has to get stronger, he has to know the game better – I think that's any high school kid going from one level to the next. The game gets faster, the players get stronger. Those are things he's working on, and he'll improve and get better."
"I think once (the college coaches) see academics are where they need to be and they see a game or two his senior year, then I think he's going to get a bunch of offers."
As the offers come in, Rountree knows what his priorities are and what he is looking for.
"Mainly the coaching staff, the offense and what they run, and the academics. Those are the main things in my decision," he said.
Rountree wants to study physical therapy in college, a field that peaked his interest after going through physical therapy to recover from an injury.
Millbrook's football season will begin on Friday, Aug. 19, with a road game at East Wake High School.
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