C.J. Fleming had an excellent junior season for Highland Springs and was no doubt one of the most important pieces in the Springers’ district title run and subsequent playoff berth. A Richmond Times-Dispatch first-team all-metro performer at cornerback, the 5-11, 175-pound standout finished with 39 tackles, had 8 pass break-ups and 6 interceptions. And, according to head coach Scott Burton, Fleming is “probably the hungriest kid that we’ve ever coached here in terms of that he wants success.”
Where does his drive to be the best come from?
“I don’t know exactly where it comes from,” Fleming acknowledged. “I just like to dedicate myself to working hard and getting better at what I do. So right now I’m lifting weights and running track to try to get better and prepare myself for next year. You always can get better. I’m still working on a whole lot of things. There are a lot of things I can get better at.”
Fleming’s hard work and dedication have certainly paid off in the form of scholarship offers. He estimates he has received around 11 official offers at this point, with an SEC power being the most recent program to jump in the mix.
“My latest offer was from Georgia,” Fleming said. “West Virginia, Tennessee, UVa, N.C. State, North Carolina, Maryland have offered … those are the ones off the top of my head.”
Burton says most schools are recruiting his prospect as a cornerback. Fleming wouldn’t mind playing another position, but hopes it would be in the defensive backfield.
“It doesn’t matter if they want to put me at cornerback or safety,” Fleming said. “As long as it’s defensive back, it would be good.”
Fleming has the work ethic, but he also has the physical tools. According to Burton, Fleming, who is participating in the 100-meter, 400-meter and high jump events in track, runs a sub 4.5 in the 40. In addition to his physical attributes, Fleming personally feels his physical play is what stands out.
“I think my press coverage is pretty good in man-to-man defense,” Fleming said. “I think I’m pretty solid in run support and more physical than other corners are.”
Recruiting-wise, Fleming says “I feel like I’m pretty open and everybody’s at the same level. I’m open to everybody. Even if it was USC, I feel like I would go all the way out there and play.”
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