Deaton was ranked # 23 in Scout.com's post-season ranking for Top 30 in Alabama. The offensive lineman is prepared for the coming week.
"It's great to finally be down here working out with the team," he said. "I feel the program I went through this summer really prepared me. I am getting to know everyone very well. All the freshmen are getting along."
Deaton's position is dependent on some of his teammates as he said, "The coaches have told me I am going to start out at center or guard. It depends on how the tackles do."
The first week of practice is a time to start demonstrating to the position coaches you are ready to get on the field in the fall, but red-shirting is a possibility for a few of the Tide players.
"They haven't said anything yet about red-shirting me," Deaton said. "We are all coming in to fight for a job. We'll see after the first few weeks what the coaches plan to do. I am expecting to work hard and learn the system."