DeLoach's Big Consideration

Georgia defensive end James DeLoach was born in Alabama and says he grew up following the Tide. "I lived there for about eight years," DeLoach said. "They've always been my favorite. The team is very good. But I also like the environment there. It's in the country and it's very nice. I also love the stadium." This summer DeLoach plans to camp at Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and...

James Deloach, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound three-star defensive end/linebacker from Jenkins County High School in Millen, Ga., was born in Alabama and says he grew up following the Tide.

"I lived there for about eight years," DeLoach said. "They've always been my favorite."

He says that the Tide have offered, as previously reported. "The team is very good," he said. "But I also like the environment there. It's in the country and it's very nice. I also love the stadium."

DeLoach attended the epic Iron Bowl last season when Alabama lost a heartbreaker to Auburn. "That was crazy," he said. "It was super loud. You couldn't hear yourself think. The crowd was just rockin'."

He plans to return to Tuscaloosa this summer and attend the Tide's camp.

He also hopes to camp at Georgia, Florida State and possibly Florida, and says all three have also offered, as well as Georgia Tech, Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Louisville and Clemson.

Georgia is only two and half-hours away from his house. "I like the coaches there," he said about the Dawgs. "I haven't met the new linebackers coach, but the defensive coordinator (Todd Grantham) is really cool. He's just very down-to-earth. Plus, he has NFL experience too."

Last month, DeLoach attended the Georgia Tech Junior Day. "It was very cool there," he said. "I liked all the players that I met and it's a nice environment. It's a good college atmosphere there."

The Yellow Jackets are about three and half hours from DeLoach's house, but he insists that distance will not be a factor.

On March 23, DeLoach plans to visit Auburn. "I like that area a lot," he said. "The campus is real nice and so is their stadium.

"Plus, (defensive coordinator/linebackers) coach Ted Roof is a real good guy," he said.

Three days after his trip to Auburn, DeLoach will be heading to Florida State for a visit. "I like their defensive package and schemes they run," he said. "They have a good NFL connection too and always send guys to the league. I used to watch Florida State a lot as a kid too."

DeLoach denies any timeframe for making a decision. "I'm planning on waiting until after my official visits," he said. "I want to get a good feel for the schools.

"I ain't got no favorites at the moment though…I'm still looking at everybody," he said.

"But I want to go where the coaches have NFL experience, especially if it's the defensive coordinator or my position coach," he said. "That's gonna be real big."

DeLoach finished his junior season with eight sacks despite playing in only four games. He missed most of the season with a broken left arm.

"I'm very explosive after the ball," he said. "I can read the sets well and I'm very aggressive."

He says he can bench 330-pounds, squat 500 and claims a 39-inch vertical jump.

"I want to play more with my hand on the ground," he said. "And I want to get stronger."

DeLoach hopes to major in radiology and reports a 3.8 core GPA. Although he says he has already taken both the SAT and ACT, he denies knowing his scores and plans on taking both tests again.


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