Middleton Up to Seven Offers

Winston Salem (N.C.) Parkland defensive tackle Deshaywn Middleton is one of the most sought-after junior prospects in North Carolina. He talks about his season, recruiting, and more.

Deshaywn Middleton is one of the top 2014 prospects in North Carolina. With his season over, Middleton has started to focus on the future.

"I'm doing well," said Middleton. "I've just been focused on basketball and training for the U.S. Army All-American Combine."

It was a tough season for Parkland, but Middleton had a big year individually.

"We finished 2-9," he said. "We won our last two games and I played hard all season."

"After the season, I made first-team all-conference. So, that was good."

Middleton previously had scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Elon, East Carolina, North Carolina State, Old Dominion, and The Citadel. However, he recently picked up scholarship offer No. 7.

"I just got offered about two weeks ago from Duke," Middleton said.

"I've been up to Duke multiple times this year for a couple of games. The coaches have also come down and visited me. We definitely have a good relationship."

The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Middleton took several trips this fall.

"A few weeks ago, I went to the Clemson-South Carolina game and I talked to Dan Brooks from Clemson," he said. "He's my recruiting coach, and he said he would be up here to visit me soon. That was my last visit."

"I also went to Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, North Carolina, ECU, North Carolina State, and Virginia this season."

"My trips to Clemson and Duke are the visits that stood out."

Middleton will be back on the road in a few months.

"Next, I'll start going to junior days and taking visits in the spring," Middleton said. "I'll probably go down to LSU and go back to the local schools."

The defensive lineman has also been in contact with other schools.

"I've also been speaking with Washington, Mississippi State, Maryland, California, and Stanford," he said.

Who could be the next to offer Middleton?

"I'm hoping that Maryland and Clemson will be the next schools to offer," he said.

While he does not have a date for his decision, Middleton does have a tentative timetable for his recruitment.

"As far as narrowing my list of schools down, I'm probably going to do it after the spring," he said. "Then after football season, I'll narrow it down again – and I'll probably make my choice on Signing Day."

Middleton finished the season with 45 tackles, 15 sacks, and three forced fumbles on defense. On the offensive side of the ball, he had 10 pancake blocks.

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