There wasn't a linebacker we liked better at the SoCal NIKE Camp than Newhall (Calif.) Hart standout Patrick Larimore. After seeing him on film as well as in person, we couldn't understand why the athlete wasn't holding double digit scholarship offers. Well, Larimore just picked up an offer from a local favorite and it wouldn't surprise us if he jumped on it.
Larimore, 6-2, 228 pounds has some of the best film we've seen this year. He has a great feel for the game, is very instinctual and hits like an absolute truck. Larimore runs right through guys and when combined with his size and athleticism, it's tough to imagine there being five better linebackers in the state.
Nike Camp lead LB coach Chris Gizzi couldn't stop raving about Larimore following the camp at USC two weeks ago calling him one of the biggest surprises we've seen this year.
"He has a great frame and can really run," Gizzi said. "He has great reactions to the ball and definitely knows how to finish a play. He's a very physical player who loves to be coached and isn't close to reaching his potential. There were times I thought he might hurt one of the other campers because of how hard he was going but you love to see that."
Duke and San Diego State both offered Larimore and offer No. 3 comes from a school close to his heart.
"UCLA offered me today and I'm very excited about it," Larimore said. "They have been my favorite school for awhile and I was really hoping to get that offer."
Excited enough to make an early decision?
"I'm going to talk to my parents about it but it's something I'm considering," Larimore said. "Like I said, UCLA has been my top school for awhile so we'll see what happens."