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Larry Porter
Larry Porter
Much like his playing days at the University of Memphis, Larry Porter showed he is still fast on his feet shortly after being named new Tiger football head coach: the two-time national recruiter of the year had visited most area high school coaches within his first week on the job.

“If you are the head coach of a Division I program in whatever city you’re in, you should be in every high school - the kids want to see you,” said Cordova High coach John Dowtin. “Porter is doing just that and that is something we haven’t seen in awhile.”

Porter was introduced Nov. 29 as Memphis’ 22nd coach, replacing Tommy West.

“I have the motivation to get this program to the next level,” Porter, 37, said. “I think the Memphis job is a diamond in the rough, waiting to sparkle.”

Porter said his main goal would be to keep Memphis-area talent from leaving the city to play in BCS conferences.

Porter was two-time recruiter of the year under Les Miles at LSU. He played for Memphis from 1990-93, totaling 2,194 yards and 20 touchdowns. He will be trying to improve on the Tigers’ 2-10 finish this past fall.

“The Memphis job is the perfect job in the perfect place for me” said Porter.

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