Andre Debose is one of those Florida players that haven't exploded onto the national recruiting sites, but is a player colleges all over the country know about. He is an extremely versatile player who played 4 different positions for his team last year. The schools that have offered and/or contacted him have talked to him as a receiver or defensive back, and Debose says that's where he'd like to play on the next level. He said his recruitment is going well, saying, "The recruitment is doing well right now. It's going good. I have a lot of offers from schools like Florida State, Cincinnati, South Carolina, FIU, USF, UCF and Kentucky. I have heard from Florida a lot too. They offered my teammate Dyron Dye. I've been getting mail too; it's been coming in. Purdue is talking about giving me an offer. The coaches I talk to have said it is up to the head coach, but it is 90% going to happen."
Like his teammates Dyron Dye and Ray Ray Armstrong, Debose's recruitment is being handled by his coaches at this time. As of right now he has the official offer from Florida State, but isn't sure what they're looking at him as. "They haven't told me what they are offering me as. All of the offers have been offense and defensive back. The highlight tapes I sent out are of me at receiver and defensive back, so I guess that's what FSU is looking at me as. Some schools have said I could play slot and a little running back. I'm 5'11 ½" and 176 pounds, so I think slot or defensive back is going to be my future. I haven't played running back since Pop Warner, but it doesn't matter where I play in college," said Debose.
Andre says that he is very interested in the Seminoles, but he wants a chance to talk to the coaches. He said, "I'm actually very interested in FSU. My uncle is an alumnus there, but I didn't have a favorite growing up. I'm just a fan of football. I haven't had the chance to talk to the coaches there yet. Budd Thacker's brother goes to my school, so he is going to set me up I think. I just got the offer last week. I was excited. It's FSU. I'm happy about it and it just seems surreal."
Debose told NoleDigest that staying in state isn't important to his recruitment at this time. For him he is looking for the best fit. He said, "I am going to go wherever is best for me. I'd like to hear from the Big 10 schools like Michigan. My coach said schools like Oregon and USC are trying to contact me. I just want to go somewhere that has playing time. Playing early is important. Education is something that my parents always talk about. I need to go somewhere with good academic support because sometimes I need someone to stay on me."
While it is early in the process for Andre, he plans on taking in some camps over the summer, but he hasn't really thought about it yet. He did say there are some things he wants to work on heading into this summer and into his senior season. "I'm good in space with the ball. I make guys miss. I do need to work on my route running. I also feel like I can work a little harder, so I am going to try to do that this summer and next year," said Dubose.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates from Andre and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.