May 2, 2011

Deleon wants to visit Tech

With a name like Da'Quan Bowers formerly ringing through the halls of Bamberg (S.C.) Ehrhardt High School, there's a history of great defensive line play in this small town's past. 2012 Bamberg-Ehrhardt defensive tackle David Deleon is hoping to follow in those footsteps, and Texas Tech is hoping he'll do that on the South Plains. The Red Raider coaching staff was in the Palmetto State last week to see Deleon in person.

"David has been talking with Coach Robert Prunty & Coach Chad Glasgow. They've developed a pretty good relationship," according to Ehrhardt's defensive/recruiting coordinator Corey Crosby. "They were out here to see him on Wednesday to check on his academics and just as part of the spring evaluation period. They seem to have a great relationship. I think he probably talks with one or the other close to everyday, on Facebook or on the phone."

"It's been going on since January, so they've been talking for a little while now. They offered him at the end of January and have been building their relationship with him ever since."

According to Crosby, Deleon is one of those special players on the defensive line that is highly coveted by college football programs across the country.

"He's an impact player for us on the defensive line. We've got two guys up front on that side of the ball that we feel like could play at the next level and he's one of them," Crosby said. "He's physically mature and has an extremely quick first-step for a guy of his size. At the 3-technique he dominates the gap for us. Sometimes we'll pop him out and let him play end for us too. He's just one of those special guys that can be a game-changer for you in the trenches."

With the great amount of distance between South Carolina and Texas, playing away from home will have to be a part of the conversation for Deleon. However, Coach Crosby doesn't anticipate it playing a huge part in the process.

"We've been fortunate enough to have a bunch of good athletes here that have been able to find homes at different colleges and universities across the country. So most of our kids are familiar with the thought of leaving home to attend school elsewhere," he said. "Our kids set out to just find the best place for them. If it's Hawaii then it's Hawaii, if it's Texas then it's Texas."

"All of them just want to play football. They love the game. We're in a small town and football is a huge part of life here just like I know it is in Texas. Football really means a lot to them, and a lot to David in particular, so being away from home usually isn't much of a factor for our guys. David's parents would travel to see him wherever he ends up, so I can't imagine distance being a problem for him."

At this point it appears to be a certainty that at least one trip to Texas will be made by the 6-foot-1, 276-pounder.

"He's going out to Texas Tech this summer, probably in the month of June. He and Coach P have been talking about getting a visit set up for some time now," Crosby said. "He's also going to Pittsburgh at some point this summer too, so yeah he does have some unofficials he'd like to make in the next few months. We haven't really talked a lot about official visits yet, but I know that Texas Tech would definitely be one he'd like to go see for a game in the fall. So we'll wait and see what happens there."

Although nothing has been set in stone, Coach Crosby is confident that Deleon will be ready to make a decision prior to his senior season.

"I think a decision will likely come this summer, probably sometime in July. I could see him making one within that timeframe, especially once he gets back from Texas. I think it's definitely set to happen before the season right now," he said. "If something changes with that then he may wait and put it off until after his season is over, but right now I'm expecting him to be ready to decide prior to the fall. I'd say I'm about 85% sure that will happen."
Aside from Texas Tech, Deleon currently holds offers from Colorado, FAU, FIU, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (OH), Pitt, and Wake Forest.

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