Not your normal freshman

Not your normal freshman

VALDOSTA, Ga. - Richard LeCounte has an offer list that is piling up, so that right there is not normal for a freshman. His play on the football field is not normal for his age either...

If you did not know Richard LeCounte was a high school freshman, you would think he is a rising senior.

LeCounte attended the MVP Camp in Valdosta, Ga. Sunday and he left as the Top Underclassman.

The coaches and many of the people on the field that afternoon could not believe he is only a freshman.

The defensive back out of Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County wowed all that saw him in one way or another Sunday at the camp. If it was not with his one-handed grab during the drills, it was with how he processed the coaching or his speed out of his breaks.

He turned heads and he did it with a quiet confidence while taking all the coaching in.

"I love the MVP Camp," said LeCounte. "I came last year and I fell in love with it. I love the competition, the coaching, and just how it made be better.

"I worked on what I struggled with last year in the off-season and it really helped me. I have learned a lot in two years and I just sit back, listen to the coaches, take it all in, then when it is my time, I take that and shine."

Shine he did.

LeCounte shined a little brighter than that big trophy he took home Sunday afternoon.

The 6-foot-1, 172 pound freshman has picked up offers from over 10 schools. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Ohio State are some offers on his list.

Georgia, an in-state school is the most recent offer. He was excited about that one.

"I have been a Georgia fan all my life. I love guys like Champ Bailey, Knowshon Moreno, and so many others. My whole family likes UGA, so to get that offer was big for me."


LeCounte could play corner or safety on the next level.
LeCounte traveled to Athens for the LSU game and he loved it.

"It was crazy there that day. The crowd was amazing, the game itself was incredible, and I had a great time. It was my only game at Georgia this year, but I will be back."

He also got to games at Alabama, Auburn, and Ohio State.

The Buckeyes just inked LeCounte's teammate, Scout 100 linebacker Raekwon McMillan. He is now in Columbus as an early enrollee and LeCounte learned a lot from him.

"Me and Raekwon are very close and I like the way he always took things slow. He thought things out, he is so organized, and he always had a plan.

"He did not just wake up one morning and commit or name a leader, but he thought everything out. I learned that from him, so I plan to do things similar to the way he did them."

McMillan did not commit to Ohio State until just a few weeks before he signed the papers. LeCounte still have over three years of high school left, so he is in no hurry to make up his mind.

"I am not in a rush with recruiting. It is exciting to get the offers, but there is still a long way to go for me. I do not have a leader right now, I just want to take my time."

While he goes through the recruiting process, the 2017 phenom will stay hard at work on the field.

He has one goal over the next three years at Liberty County, that is to be the best.

"I want to be the No. 1 player in my state and in the country," said LeCounte. "The MVP Camp helped me get better and now I am working to get bigger, stronger, and faster.

"I want to get smarter on the field, keep my grades up, and just work hard to be the best. Nobody wants to be second, so I plan on being No. 1."

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