Getting the attention of Division I college coaches around the nation has never been a problem for Treston Decoud. Out of high school he had multiple programs interested in him, but his academics weren’t up to par to obtain his offers.
Instead, Decoud ended up at the Division II level where he attended Chadron State redshirting in his first season and starting seven games in his second. After two years at school, Decoud returned home when his mother became ill.
His mother always pushed him to play football at the Division 1 level and the JUCO route was the way to make that happen. In order to stay close to home he enrolled at Northwest Mississippi Community College and has since shined on the field.
Decoud played wide receiver in high school and has tremendous size for the position. Since high school he made the switch to defensive back and it appears to be his calling. As a result, more schools are showing interest and his recruitment is heating up.
“Recruiting has been crazy,” said the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Decoud. “ECU offered me a week ago and I racked up four or five offers that same week. My new offers are from North Texas, Houston, Oregon State, Toledo, Western Kentucky and Southern Mississippi.”
On top of the offers Decoud recently picked up, schools Fresno State, Louisiana Lafayette and Utah State have offered. In December Decoud committed to Utah State after his official visit, but shortly after he decommitted because he believed he rushed the decision.
ECU was interested in Decoud out of high school and the coaches have kept a close eye on him since 2012. The Pirates were finally able to extend him his offer this month.
“ECU spoke with me right before the holiday break and I was really interested in them hoping for an offer to put them in the race for me,” said Decoud. “When it didn’t happen then I was upset, but after their bowl game (recruiting coordinator) Donnie Kirkpatrick offered me. I’m interested in ECU and will do more research and take a visit.”
In addition to his visit in the future, ECU’s coaches plan to stop by and see Decoud in the coming weeks before signing day in order to build a relationship. When he does visit it will be his first time on campus. Decoud is looking forward to the experience and mentioned he is impressed with what the program accomplished this season.
Two years of eligibility await Decoud if he makes it to the next level and he should make an immediate impact at whatever school he lands. Last season he 36 solo tackles, six interceptions (one for a touchdown), seven pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two blocked field goals.
His 6-foot-3 frame draws comparison to Seattle Seahawk standout cornerback Richard Sherman. Decoud refers to his size as a blessing and tries to be a playmaker at the corner position. His experience as a wide receiver, like Sherman, allows him to get his hands on the ball and play with a competitive edge unlike most defensive backs.
Recent schools to show interest in Decoud include South Carolina, Baylor, Kentucky, and Mississippi State. An offer from any of those schools could shake up his recruitment and he plans to visit Baylor on Jan. 30.
JUCO signing day falls on April 1 and Decoud plans to sign with a school on that day. For now he is going to enjoy the recruiting process and ECU will be one the schools he will consider moving forward.