May 3, 2008

Linton picks up an offer from the Red Raiders

Every spring there are a few prospects in the state of Texas who see their stock shoot through the roof during the spring evaluation period. One of this year's late bloomers is Arlington product Dexter Linton.

Linton, a 6-foot, 180-pound safety, has seen his recruitment go from zero to sixty in just a few short weeks.

"It's going good, it's just been moving so fast," said Linton on Thursday. "I'm probably up to seven offers now. Kansas, Wisconsin, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Houston, Louisville, and then Texas Tech offered me just recently, and I think that's it."

Linton says his newest offer caught him off guard, but was a pleasant surprise.

"It came I guess like yesterday," he said of the Tech offer. "It was exciting but it was really surprising too. I wasn't really thinking they would come after me this early, I thought I would have to wait a lot longer to get an offer from them, but then I got the offer and that was nice."

Though Linton isn't necessarily looking to stay in the state, he says that getting the offer from Tech was a bit of a milestone.

"I mean, they are the first big in-state school to offer me," said the safety. "It got me really excited, like they really want me to be a part of their program."

Linton then explained that, in all actuality, he might prefer leaving the state altogether.

"I don't know, I grew up watching Florida State, that was my team," he said. "It really doesn't matter where I go, but I really probably wouldn't mind getting out of state. I want to check out all the Florida schools like Miami and all that."

Having put together a solid junior campaign, Linton hopes to build on his team's success next year.

"It was my first year on defense, so it was all brand new," he explained. "They kinda just told me where I was going to play and I just had to figure it out. I came from wide receiver so that was interesting, I had never played defense before. But it was all good, we had a bunch of seniors, so it was really easy, I just had to do my job. We had a good year and hopefully we can do even better next year, that's my main focus."

Linton finished the season with 103 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and 2 interceptions, returning one of those interceptions for a touchdown.


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