April 1, 2008

Four new offers for hard-hitting safety

Lauderhill (Fla.) Plantation safety Vladimir Emilien is quickly getting used to this recruiting game. The offers are continuing to roll in for the hard-hitting safety and as his options change so do his favorites.

"I got a couple offers this week," Emilien said. "I got offers from Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky and Purdue."

Among his new offers, the one that sticks out the most to Emilien is the offer from the Volunteers. However, he still has a lot to learn about the program.

"Tennessee, they're a pretty good school," he said. "I heard they've got a pretty good campus so I'll have to take an official visit. I know they have a very good football program. Coach Drayton was telling me how they were trying to prepare for the BCS championship. They play hard programs every year."

The South Carolina offer also was of interest to Emilien, particularly since the Gamecocks are recruiting two of his high school teammates in the secondary. Josh Robinson and Brandon McGee man the secondary with Emilien at Plantation and all three have now received offers from the Gamecocks.

"Their recruiter, coach Gillespie, was saying we're gonna recruit you very hard," he said. "He was saying, 'you're going to come here and Brandon and Josh and we're going to have all three of you playing in the secondary'."

As the attention picks up Emilien continues to be flattered. Purdue joined his list of Big Ten offers, where he is already being courted by Ohio State and Minnesota.

"I was talking to coach Brewster from Minnesota and he was saying 'I know you like Ohio State but you can come here and help beat Ohio State,'" said the ball-hawking safety. "That's kind of funny and that was the first time I called them. They introduced me to the head coach off the bad. That made me feel pretty good."

Kentucky and Purdue are two programs that Emilien hopes to learn more about and at this point in the process, only one of the four new offers are in his top three.

"It's still pretty early for me in the process but I still like USF, Tennessee and Ohio State in the top three so far."


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