Big Junior Getting Attention From Top Schools

This talented junior lineman talks about his growth as a football player and his early recruiting interests.

New Brockton, Ala.--Even though he's only been playing football for two years, big junior Deshaun Vasser is already receiving attention from some of the top college programs in the country.

A 6-2, 310 offensive guard prospect for the 2009 signee class from New Brockton High, Vasser has already checked out both in-state SEC programs and says he plans to make a trip to the Midwest this weekend.

"I have been to Auburn and Alabama," Vasser says. "I'm going to Ohio State this weekend (Illinois game). I have letters from Vanderbilt, Miami, Jacksonville State and several others. I don't have any official offers yet."

Playing both offense and defense, Vasser had an outstanding season for New Brockton. At guard he finished the season with over 90 pancake blocks while adding a dozen tackles in limited duty as a defensive tackle. He notes that while his speed isn't quite as good as he needs to excel on the next level, his strength gives him the upper hand in most matchups.

"My strength as a player is my ability to pancake an opponent," Vasser says. "I'm not the fastest player, but I'm the strongest person on the team. I've got more strength than most people we come up against. My squat is 500 and my dead lift is 500. I bench press 275."

Playing for a team that missed the playoffs this season, Vasser says that both the team and he made vast improvements over the previous year. Last season his team won just two games, but in 2007 they finished 4-6. Much of the reason for that improvement was the play of Vasser. In just his second season of football, Vasser became a powerful weapon for New Brockton on both sides of the ball.

"I think I played a lot better than last year," Vasser says. "Last year was my first year playing football. That was my learning year. This year I learned even more

"Before I started playing football I just played baseball," Vasser adds. "I have always been a big guy and decided to give football a chance."

Planning to play basketball this winter and concentrate on football beginning next spring, Vasser says that Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Miami and Vanderbilt are his favorite schools at the moment, but he's still waiting for his first offer.


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