Not only does Will Likely have an awesome name, but he’s got an awesome game.
My rap concludes there.
Likely, who is one of the feistiest and most athletic cornerbacks in the class of 2013, will be announcing his school decision tomorrow. And the teams that he’s choosing from all could use a ballhawking corner in his mold. Those schools, in no particular order, are The Florida State Seminoles, Maryland Terrapins and LSU Tigers. So let’s break it down…
Likely, who is from Glades Central High in Belle Glade, Fla., grew up a Seminoles fan and always dreamed of playing there. When asked if the departure of ‘Noles defensive coordinator Mark Stoops would affect his stance on Tallahassee, he indicated that he’s still got a very good relationship with the coach who’s really recruiting him, Lawrence Dawsey. Likely fits the mold of a fast and athletic back in the tradition-rich ‘Noles defense.
Maryland would represent the best chance to play early. The Terps have a severe talent deficiency and adding Likely to their defensive backfield would help their transition into the Big Ten. The new conference that the Terps will be moving to in the near future also appeals to Likely. Snagging such an elite athlete in the Deep South would also be a huge coup for Randy Edsall, the constantly embattled head coach of the Terps. If Likely heads to College Park, pencil him as a starter from day 1.
LSU seems to be the wild card. After visiting Baton Rouge last summer, Likely was incredibly impressed with Tigers star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist. Some even compare the two, considering their size and playmaking ability. Likely is small in stature (5’7” 175lbs) and so was Mathieu coming out of high school (5’9” 180lbs).
Many said Mathieu would be too small to play in the rough and tumble SEC, a point some make about Likely too. I’d certainly say Mathieu proved he could hang on the field, though maybe not off it. Likely wants to prove his size won’t be a detriment to his ability to play at a high level, just like Mathieu did.
So now we’ll patiently wait until tomorrow for the 2011 Florida Gatorade Player of the Year to make his decision. My bet is on FSU.