JC Defensive End Down to Two Pac-10 Schools

Orange Coast's Dean Deleone is a coveted mid-year transfer prospect, who has recently been receiving some strong interest from Arizona State. Devils Digest talked to the speedy defensive end about his recruitment and what schools have made it to his short list.

"I plan to trip to Oregon this weekend and on the 12th I plan to go to Arizona State," said Deleone. "I've also been talking to BYU because I'm from Utah. But those are the only two schools I'm gonna visit, since I'm gonna sign on the 17th and I just don't have time to visit other schools.

"I've been talking to Arizona State for just a couple of weeks. Coach Lubick and Coach Stretz are recruiting me and they're real interested and want me to come down there and check things out. I know they've been struggling this year, so if I end up there maybe I can help them get better."

The 6-2 245 Dean Deleone runs a 4.55, and finished his sophomore season with 78 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles-for-loss finished the season with 78 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles-for-loss.

"I'm pretty strong, but I could get stronger," remarked Deleone. "I have a lot of outside speed, but I definitely need to work on my inside moves. I do a good job rushing the quarterback from the edge but I could work on my overall technique."

Coming out of high school Deleone served four years in the Coast Guard, but even as a 25-year old sophomore he was able to score on a 97-yard kickoff return. "Some of the young guys I played against are just freaks," quipped Deleone, "so being older doesn't always help you against younger players. But I've been working hard in the weight room so being stronger and more mature than the players I'm playing against should help me."

The defensive end reported that he has recorded 27 reps of 225 pounds in the weight room.

Deleone will have three years to play two.

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