April 6, 2009

Bouie has big week

Last week was a big one for Sanford (Fla.) Seminole High School cornerback Tyrone Bouie. The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash collected two more scholarship offers to up his list to four this week with more potentially on the way.

Last season Bouie managed 55 tackles, three interceptions, two tackles for a loss an one interception. The effort netted him early scholarship offers from Central Florida, Colorado State as well as offers from schools in the Big Ten and Mountain West.

"I heard from Purdue offered from my head coach yesterday," Bouie said. "I heard they are a good academic school and that is my main focus. The scholarships are nice, but I want a good academic school and a football team where I could play at."

New Mexico also threw their hat in the ring for Bouie on Wednesday. Bouie said he understands they have a new coach and is planning on researching them as well.

Bouie added that Central Florida is also close to offering a scholarship. He said he spent a couple practices on the UCF sidelines during spring football.

"They are pretty close to home," Bouie said. "I went to a couple of their practices. It is real close to home. I don't want to say it is too close to home. I felt like I could start there if I worked hard."

While showing Bouie how he fits into a a defensive scheme is important, extending an offer to his cousin, fellow Seminole athlete Toby Durham, and teammate Zach Martin is equally big. Bouie said he is, "99 percent sure," the three are going to the same school. Both Martin (a 5-foot-8) slotback with 4.4 speed, and Durham, a wide out who accounted for 600 total yards, are receiving Division I interest. Martin is hearing from Troy, while Durham has offers from Central Florida and Colorado State with a Purdue offer also being discussed.

"We talk about it almost every day," Bouie said of his college recruitment. "Me and him (Durham) hang out with Zach Martin all the time and talk about our recruiting."

The Rams are recruiting both Durham and Bouie through offensive line coach Pat Meyer. Bouie said he is hoping to make some visits during Junior Days in the area and then finish up his official visits during the 2009 football season.

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