2017 Defensive End Values ECU

2017 Zion Debose is a junior defensive end from North Rowan High School (Spencer, NC) who has an offer from ECU and six other schools. IES spoke with him about his recruiting process and more.

Zion DeBose, a 6-foot-2 junior, is a two way player for North Rowan High School (Spencer, NC) that values family on and off the field. He has a total of seven offers and East Carolina was the first school to give him an offer.

Debose stressed the importance of his family both on and off the field. His parents are making sure that he not only succeeds playing football but also excel in the classroom. Debose said his parents stress the importance of academics, especially when picking a school.

“It depends on my major,” he said, “my parents always tell me that my education is first.”

His family on the field is also important. Other than academics, Debose wants to go to a school that treats each other like family.

“The team,” he said, “I would like to have a team that is close that is like brothers and family. I also would like a staff that could give me the attention that I need and the team have a good GPA because that will let me know that the coaches care about us and will take academics seriously.”

Debose attended one of the camps at ECU and he was able to tour the athletic facilities. At camp he was able to talk to outside linebacker coach Duane Price and head coach Ruffin McNeil. Coach McNeil told him exactly what they expect of him and how they would utilize him and Debose was appreciative of that.

His strengths on the field have a lot to do with his speed and acceleration. Debose said his first step is very quick which allows him to explode en route to the quarterback. But he also wants to improve his play against the run to become a complete player.

At the end of the season Debose is going to sit down with his parents and start researching each school. Debose is going to take as much time as he can but could make a decision at the beginning of his senior year.

“I talk to my parents a lot about it and they just told me to take my time and to continue to focus on school,” he said.

Debose has not been on an official visit to ECU but would like to visit so he can see more of the campus.


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