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Posted at 2:14 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Rockville's Gongbay plans to visit New Mexico

By Alan Goldenbach

Rockville All-Met running back Crusoe Gongbay has official visits planned for New Mexico this weekend and Towson the last weekend of January, according to his coach, Kevin Bernot.

Bernot said that, even if all goes well with either visit, Gongbay still must raise his standardized-test score in order to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements. If he can, expect other schools that have scholarship slots unexpectedly open to make a push for Gongbay, who rushed for 5,137 yards and 71 touchdowns the past three seasons - more than anyone else in the area by far over that span.

What has limited recruiters from pursuing Gongbay has been his academic record from the first half of his high school career, of which he spoke candidly in a Post profile last November.

That, still, hasn't discouraged New Mexico, which has pursued him as if he were a local recruit. Bernot said New Mexico Coach Mike Locksley or assistant George Barlow have been to Rockville to see Gongbay once every other week.

"It amazes me how much they're here," Bernot said. "It's like they call me and say, 'Can we stop by tomorrow?' And I'm like, 'Wow.'"

By Alan Goldenbach  | January 20, 2011; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  Crusoe Gongbay, Football, New Mexico, Rockville  
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