May 16, 2012

Looney recovering from injury

Lakeworth (Fla.) center and defensive end James Looney, who was hampered this spring with a broken right leg, expects to be a "full-go" when summer workouts begin in June.

He expects to get his cast removed next week.

"I think it [injury] has [affected my recruitment] a little bit," Looney said. "I think I would have gotten a little more offers in the spring, but I think it will pick back up in the season and when the summer starts. I'll be able to catch up."

Despite the injury Looney, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, claims eight scholarship offers, including one from Wake Forest.

Jonathan Himebauch and Ray McCartney are recruiting Looney for the Demon Deacons.

"It's [contact with Wake Forest] been going good," Looney said. "Their coach [Himebauch] has been alright. He said don't worry about the injuries. Just come back strong."

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Sunshine State product's older brother, former Wake Forest left guard Joe Looney has been a source of encouragement throughout the recovery process.

"He's just telling me not to worry about it," Looney said.

The elder Looney's advice comes from experience after suffering a torn ligament in his foot during Senior Bowl practice before the NFL Draft.

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