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Corker on the way to Texas Tech

While the decision was never easy, the call he made on Monday afternoon ended months of speculation for Cardinal Gibbons wide receiver Shawn Corker.

Courted by dozens of schools since this past spring, the 6-1, 180-pounder finally narrowed down his choice, and the call to head coach Mike Leach will send the impressive athlete to Texas Tech in the summer of 2010.

When he was first rated by the Miami Herald, No. 7, in the pre-spring list, Corker was not on anyone’s radar screen. But soon after his initial exposure, schools such as Duke, Wake Forest and the University of Central Florida started to come I with offers.

By the time spring had rolled around, Corker had interest from Miami, Auburn, West Virginia, Purdue, Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

“It’s the best place for me,” said Corker. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for me to go to a wide open offense that loves to throw the ball. I am so excited about the opportunity to play for one of the top programs in the country.”

Also having the opportunity to play for an offensive mastermind like Leach is huge for Corker who finished his junior season with 33 catches for 720 yards and nine touchdowns.


Corker is the first South Florida football player since his offensive coordinator, Matt Dubuc, played baseball and football for the Red Raiders from 1992-96.

“I am proud of Shawn and how far he has come as a student athletes,” said Dubuc. “He has really worked hard to put himself in this position.”

Dubuc and head coach Mike Morrill are happy that this is behind Corker, knowing that his full attention will now be on football and the season ahead where the Chiefs expect to challenge in 2A.

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Tony Shoes

So his high school coach is a former Red Raider, and I'm also gonna take a guess and say Shawn has probably never set foot in Lubbock, TX. Hmmm, smells like Mr. Corker had some people whispering into his ear about Texas Tech. I wonder how much money Coach Dubuc will get from Texas Tech boosters once the ink from Corker's signature on his letter of intent dries?

Lee

You're an idiot, Tony. He took an official to Tech and loves it -- most visitors do. Do you really think, of all schools, Texas Tech needs to cheat to get quality receivers?

Tony Shoes

Lee, there's no need for name calling. Besides, with a name like Lee I'm sure you've gotten your fair share of ridicule from other people for having such a queer sounding name but I digress. His high school coach is a former Texas Tech football player, so what makes you think he wouldn't try to lean his star player in their direction? Stop being so naive Lee, and open your eyes! And gimme a break, nobody likes Lubbock, TX! Have you ever even been to West Texas??? Those aren't people, they're aliens!

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