April 4, 2009
Florida linebacker still likes CSU
With spring football on the horizon, Orlando, Dr. Phillips High School linebacker Charles Favors is finding more scholarship offers in his mailbox. In addition to an early offer to Colorado State, Favors has also received an offer from Tulane this month.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Favors broke Dr. Phillips High school records last season for tackles in a game (23 vs. Boone High School) and a season (151) in his first season at middle linebacker. In addition to the scholarship offers he holds, Favors is collecting mail and in-school visits from such football powerhouses as Notre Dame, Rutgers and Michigan.
"I hear Stanford, Florida and Furman want to talk and the coach was telling me there are a lot of coaches all wanting to know my (test) scores," Favors said. "I am supposed to take the ACT in May. I am trying to get that all set with the clearinghouse before next year."
While Florida has been in contact with his high school coaching staff, Favors said he is flattered, but it is no slam dunk he would stay in the Sunshine State.
"It feels good to know that one of the top schools in your state wants to talk to you, but it isn't always just about staying home," Favors said. "I want to travel. I've never seen snow before, so that would be nice to see."
The mention of snow was a reference to his recruitment by Colorado State, where Ram offensive line coach Pat Meyer is becoming a favorite around Dr. Phillips High School, where he recruited quarterback and 2008 signee Nico Rainieri.
"Right now, I like Colorado State," Favors said. "Nico was talking about when I make my official visit he is going to show me how Colorado is and how to enjoy the visit. Right now, that is the only coach I have talk to me - Mr. Meyer. It isn't ready for me to sign, so I can't say I want to go to Colorado State."
Favors said Meyer has asked him to consider visiting Fort Collins during the season. Favors is one of three Dr. Phillips High School targets on the CSU radar right now. Among the others are receiver Kenny Shaw, Marquis Hood and Marvin Ford. Favors said he and his three friends have discussed joining a college football program together.
"I was talking to Nico and he said four Florida cats in Florida are just a couple other Florida guys in Florida," he said. "You go to Colorado and you are a Florida guy and that is something special. Me, Marquis and Marvin are thinking about Colorado State. Ken Shaw was in too but I think he wants to stay in Florida. I think he is going to go to Florida State."
In the meanwhile, Favors is in powerlifting and has hired a personal trainer to help him with his speed. His latest powerlifting competition netted him a 305-pound bench press as well as a 255-pound clean-and-jerk.
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