Deboskie impresses in ASU's camp

With a slew of high caliber in-state recruits, it was probably easy to initially overlook Kaelin Deboskie. However, the recruitment of the Tucson Salpointe Catholic High School wide receiver, who moved back home earlier this year, has only been gaining momentum in recent months and with a strong performance in today's Maroon and Gold camp, ASU's interest in Deboskie is certainly on the rise.

"Going into camp I felt that I had to prove myself," Deboskie said, "I didn't have an offer from Arizona State so that's one reason. I also felt that I had to get out of Tucson and compete with players here in Phoenix – there were some great players in camp.

"I love that the camp was indoors. It wasn't too long so it didn't take a toll on your body. The coaches were very nice and they were very detailed explaining what they wanted you to do. The camp really went smoothly and I greatly appreciated that."

The 5-9 175-pound Kaelin Deboskie felt that he did perform well Sunday morning and said that the feedback he received from the Sun Devil staff validated that notion.

"They told me that I ran great routes and got out of my cuts quickly," Deboskie commented. "I got physical when I needed to when there was jam coverage. I ran a 4.5 today. I know I can run faster but I‘m more of a quicker player during games, getting off the ball quick when I'm in the slot. I do also have good speed down the field too. So no worries about my speed.

"I feel that I'm a playmaker and maybe the biggest thing is that I'm a team player. I know I have to work on not only being faster, but also on my technique so I'm going to get on that right away. I really feel that I have to work on every football aspect. I felt that I had a great day and proved to the Arizona State coaches that I can play well."

Currently Deboskie hold scholarship offers from Arizona, Oklahoma State and West Virginia among others and over the weekend Houston marked his latest offer. Will ASU be next to join that list?

"I think they are very close to offering me," Deboskie stated, "I just have to call them tomorrow. I definitely heard good things from them. Having just one offer from any school is a great thing for me because that means that my mom doesn't have to worry about paying for college. So getting more than one offer, that just because of my extra hard work. That's why I study hard in school and that's why I work out hard, is to get those extra ones. So it feels good to get all those offers."

Deboskie was born in Tucson and lived there until the age of 9 and is a childhood friend of his fellow Salpointe wide receiver Cameron Denson, who is an Arizona commit. While the wide receiver admitted that the Wildcats were his favorite team as a youngster, he claimed that they aren't his top school among his suitors.

"Coming back to Tucson feels like home," Deboskie admitted. "But I also have a home here in Phoenix. So ASU is pretty much home too. John Wrenn coached my older brother (Covaughn Deboskie) at Hamilton and I hadn't seen him in six years and it was good seeing him today in camp. It was exciting being there today.

"I wouldn't say that Arizona has an edge on the other schools, but obviously growing up rooting for them that's a school that I'm looking at a lot and I could see myself playing there. So either (in-state) school is a good choice. It's a win-win."

The wide receiver said that Utah and USC were close to offering as well, and that overall he was content to wait until September to make his announcement.

"I want to make a decision after my first three games," Deboskie explained. "We have a tough schedule opening up with Liberty, Sabino and Crespi and everybody we'll get to see what I have to offer in those games. So then I will see who offered and who didn't and make my decision from there.

"I'm looking for a school with a good atmosphere and a good climate. Four years is a long time so I have to make sure that I'm making the right decision."

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