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Thursday, July 13, 2006

More hurricane aftermath

Not that college football recruiting compares to actual suffering and rebuilding, but Hurricane Katrina's aftermath is still being felt in the state.

Here's an example.

I was talking to Korey Williams today, a linebacker from Karr High School in the New Orleans area. Williams has been offered scholarships by Baylor, Clemson, Nebraska and Ole Miss and is being recruited by LSU, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Auburn.

Williams didn't play in Louisiana last year. He evacuated Hurricane Katrina and played six games in Texas.

That time in Texas gave Williams some exposure in Big 12 country, thus the interest from Baylor, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

It also gave Williams time away from his home. And now he says of his college decision, "Location is not a factor.''

That's not saying he won't end up at a Louisiana school. But the chances of Williams - and athletes like him - going out of state are likely increased because of the evacuation and the aftermath.


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