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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