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Fleming's On Hold
T.K. Fleming the 6-foot-2, 205-pound, three star safety from Benton High School in Benton, La. says his top six schools are still LSU, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Mississippi State. All have offered. However, Fleming is in the process of battling some personal and legal issues that have kept him off the field this season. He still claims 43 total offers. Last April, he was arrested for assault after getting into a fight with another person who ended up being 16 years old. "I had just turned 18 and I really didn't know how old the kid was, he just wanted to fight me, so we fought," said Scout.com's No. 46 safety. "Look, I was hanging out with the wrong crowd, going to parties and I ended up getting into this fight with this guy at a party. We were both cool after the fight and truthfully I was over the whole thing. "But his mom ended up pressing charges on me and I went to jail for about a week because of it," he said. "And I didn't sneak up on him and sucker punch him, and I also didn't stomp on his head repeatedly as the newspapers had reported. We just got into a fight and that's all that happened. "I have a court date set for Dec. 7," he said. " The worst case scenario is that I will be charged with second degree battery and that's a felony. I don't know if I'll be able to play football if that ends up happening. The best case scenario is that I'll serve some community service or end up having to join the young marines." Fleming is also a state championship winner in the long jump, triple jump and high jump and says both LSU and Arkansas are also recruiting him for those events in track. He's No. 1 in the nation in the long jump with a personal best of 24-8, fifth in the nation in the triple jump with a personal best of 48-11 and seventh in the nation as a high jumper (7-feet). "I think my skills in track transfer well with playing football because you need a lot of speed and momentum to jump," he said. "So I definitely see some similarities with that and how I play football." As far as his favorites go, one school is ahead of the rest in a way. "I wouldn't say that I have a leader but LSU is on top right now," he said. "I've been there a couple times for unofficial visits and track meets and stuff like that, met with the coaches and players and have run on their track a lot. But I haven't been to any other schools really so that could change either way. "I haven't set up any official visits but I know for sure I'd like to get out to LSU, Alabama and Arkansas for official visits," he said. "I've also been thinking about Oregon and Mississippi State for visits as well. Oregon's not in my top list of schools because I haven't really liked them, but they've been recruiting me well. I think taking an official visit there would allow me to learn more about the program. "But as for my favorites, I really like how Arkansas, LSU, Alabama and Mississippi State have all been playing so well on both sides of the ball," he said. "They're all having winning seasons, are coached well and work hard. I also think they have some great campuses, friendly people, nice weather for the most part and stuff like that." Benton (5-5) will play in the first round of playoffs tonight and Fleming says he has every intention of hitting the road with his team to show some support. "I won't be playing, and haven't played at all really this season, so I don't have any stats to report," he said. He reports a 2.5 GPA and a 17 ACT with plans to retake the test on Dec. 11.
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