July 25, 2008

Aycock ready for switch, checking out Rebels

Dontae Aycock chuckles slyly when he's asked if he's close to teammate Anthony Williams.

"We have to be close," Aycock said, laughing, "because he's my wide receiver this year and we're going to throw the ball a lot."

Aycock, the quarterback at Tampa's Chamberlain High School in Florida, threw for 950 yards and five touchdowns last season and he'll look to top those numbers this season, with many of those yards likely coming thanks to Williams' fleet feet and soft hands.

In the future, however, Aycock won't have to be so nice to wide receivers. His days at quarterback are numbered, and that's OK, because the 5-foot-10, 190-pound speedster knows his football future is brighter taking handoffs than it is trying to look over offensive lines for weaknesses in defensive backfields.

"The only school that has offered me at quarterback is Georgia Tech, and the offense they run, the quarterback is really a running back," Aycock said. "I'm really a running back.

"I think I'm more of a power running back. I have some good moves, but I'd rather run through somebody than run around them. Most running backs like to avoid being hit, but I'd rather give the hit."

That could spell good news for a host of programs that have offered scholarships to Aycock, including Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisville, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Rutgers, South Florida and Vanderbilt. Ole Miss has offered Aycock as well, and the Rebels' coaching staff has caught his attention.

"I've talked to Ole Miss a few times," said Aycock, the younger brother of Detroit Lions cornerback Dwight Smith. "I've talked to their recruiting coordinator (Chris Vaughn) and I knew that their coaching staff left from Arkansas and they're recruiting me as a running back. I know they had two top running backs come out in the draft this year, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, and I know that Arkansas was a very good program. With their coaches going over to Ole Miss, they should have a very good program there too.

"I want to catch a couple of their games and see. I think I'll take an official visit there."

Aycock, who rushed for 1,110 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior, said he doesn't yet have a set favorite or a list of favorites.

"I think I probably won't start taking some of the schools off until school starts or during football season," Aycock said.

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