Deboskie Delighted with Sun Devils Offer

The Chandler Hamilton High School pipeline has proven to be beneficial for the Sun Devils. The reigning state 5A Division I champions are poised to have another banner year in, and Covaughn Deboskie will certainly be a vital part of any potential title run. The hometown college has taken notice, and so did several other schools. Devils Digest sat down with the running back to talk recruiting.

"Arizona State offered me a week ago," said the 5-11 185 Covaughn Deboskie. "I'm excited about it and I was actually surprised. I didn't know they had that much interest in me. I was hoping that if I did well in the combines, they would notice me…last week at the Phoenix Nike Combine I had the fastest 40 (yard dash) time at a 4.48 my vertical was 37.5 inch. My bench press reps (185 pounds) were 11, and my shuttle was kinda slow. It was a 4.43 so I need to improve on that. I can do way better." Deboskie noted that he also attended the Nike Combine at Long Beach, as well as the U.S. Army All-American combine.

The running back remarked that he follows the Sun Devils closely and did attend a couple of home games in the 2006 season. "Arizona State is one of my top schools, along with UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Notre Dame and Texas," he said. He claimed that distance won't be a factor in his recruitment. "I'm gonna play at the school that has the most positives for me. I'm gonna to the school that fits me the best."

The running back was selected first team All-Fiesta Region, and was an honorable mention in the Arizona Republic's 5A All-State team. In 2006 he tallied 150 caries for 1,304 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also collected two receiving touchdowns. "My leadership abilities and my competitiveness are my strong points," he said as he described his attributes. "I just hate losing. That's just my personality. I know I need to work on everything. To be the best back, you have to work on all your skills." The player he tried to emulate doesn't come from the professional ranks, but rather from the college ones. "I like (running back) Adrian Peterson from Oklahoma," he commented. "He and I have the same style of running." Deboskie stated that he's happy he's being recruited as a running back, because that was a position that he played "since I was five years old…"

Deboskie remarked that he's feeling no pressure from family or friends to stay close to home and attend ASU. "Everybody knows that it has to be my decision," he explained. "That's gonna be a place where I'm gonna spend four, five years and I have to do what's best for me."

The Huskies were 13-1 last season and overcame a head coaching change with much ease. "At Hamilton we expect every year to win the championship – that's just the way it is," said Deboskie. "It was devastating when Coach (John) Wrenn left the program, but we still had the goal of winning state and we were all mad we didn't win it the year before. (Coach Steve) Belles came in, implemented a new system and we were able to come through…we're gonna have a good team in 2007. Our defense is kinda young, but our JV team was undefeated, so hopefully they can step it up."

Deboskie is in a minority group of Arizona high school players, who are already fielding several scholarship offers and quite a bit recruiting buzz in and out of state. The running back only sees positives in this situation. "I enjoy the recruiting process, because I get to show colleges that I'm D-I (i.e. Division I) material," he said. "If one school believes me, hopefully others will…I don't plan to make a decision soon. I want to see what's out there still, but I do like ASU a lot." He indicated that he plans to check out some of ASU's spring practices, and if possible attend the Sun Devils' team camp in June. He added that he plans to go to the USC Nike Camp as well.

With a 4.16 GPA and a score of 1380 on his SAT Deboskie has already academically qualified.

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