Deion Belue's journey

Deion Belue, three-star cornerback from Booneville-Northeast, Miss., signed with the University of Alabama in 2010. He failed to qualify and in his second season playing in junior college. He plans to rejoin the Crimson Tide, but will need to graduate in December. Andrew Bone talked with the former Deshler star about his status.


"Everything has been going good," said Deion Belue. "The season is going good. We are 5-1. We play Coahoma tomorrow night [Thursday].

"I have been doing pretty good. I am still the same threat. I don't really get any throws my way. They don't really kick to me often. I did take an 80-yard kickoff back for a touchdown last week. The week before I had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown."

Belue is a premier cornerback and adjusting to teams throwing away from his side of the field.

"I feel like I have improved in the mental part of the game, and I am a better tackler," Belue said. "I feel like I have to stay more focused. I don't get a lot of plays my way, but I know anything can happen. My tackling is a lot better. I do get a lot of runs my way. Just not a lot of passes."

The 6-foot, 180-pounder visited Tuscaloosa for the Arkansas game.

"The visit was good," Belue said. "I liked it with the new upgrades. I talked to the coaches. I talked to coach Groh. He just told me to take care of my business. He said they are looking forward to having me there in the spring.

"I think the team has been doing good this year. So far they have been solid. Everything is going fine. I think even the special teams has looked good this year."

Belue knows the main part of the plan is to graduate in a couple of months.

"My classes are going good," he said. "Everything is fine right now. I am just taking everything slow and trying to stay on track. Now that we are in the season we just have a lot on our plate. Right now I am on track to graduate in December.

"Alabama said they want me there. They want to me to graduate. No other schools are really talking to me. My coach told me some schools have called, but my focus is getting back to Bama. I guess everyone is sitting back to see if I go back there. That's my plan."

Belue will return to Tuscaloosa for the Tennessee and LSU games.

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