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London talks recruiting at Underclassmen Challenge

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DESOTO, Texas - Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas running back Mardre London was in the Dallas area for a Nike Camp earlier this offseason where he was named a top performer. This weekend he made his way back for the invitation-only Rivals Underclassmen Challenge.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound class of 2014 prospect has not yet picked up his first offer but he is hearing from a number of college programs.
"I don't have any offers just yet," London said. "I played on varsity this past season but I played behind (three-star Illinois signee) Dami Ayoola.
"I'm hearing the most from Arkansas State, Arkansas, Oregon, Wisconsin, Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, Miami and UCF."
With Ayoola's graduation, London has assumed the starting role at St. Thomas. It is something in which he takes great pride.
"This spring was a good experience," he said. "I went from last year, not playing a lot, to being the starter this spring. It was a good experience going against our defense.
"We just work hard. We all know the tradition and we sort of carry that weight around. It makes us all work harder for sure."
In addition to the two camps in Dallas, London has made it to an in-state school and plans to camp at several other programs as well.
"I went to Miami's camp earlier this summer and I won the MVP award," he said. "I'm going to Arkansas State, Arkansas and Ole Miss coming up this summer."
It is still very early in the recruiting process for London but he admits a pair of schools stands out to him.
"I like Arkansas and Texas right now," he said. "I'm originally from Arkansas but I moved last year to Florida so I like it in this area."
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