Laster Starting To Make Noise

One of the top junior athletes in Ohio is Shaker Heights wide receiver/linebacker De'Niro Laster, and he is off to an impressive start this season even though his team is struggling. Laster is impressing on both sides of the football at Shaker, and he is following up on a fine off-season at various camps and combines. has the latest.

After four weeks of Ohio high school football it's becoming apparent that Shaker Heights junior De'Niro Laster has a lot more going for himself than just a very cool first name.

Laster, 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, is showing well on both sides of the football, at linebacker and wide receiver, and is one of the top prospects in Ohio for the class of 2013.

"I'm playing really well, but I'm very disappointed that our team isn't doing as well as we had hoped," Laster stated. "We are all playing really hard, but that hasn't gotten us much to show for it so far. I'm playing at both linebacker and wide receiver, plus some tight end."

"I like playing outside linebacker and some people think I might play there in college, but I like playing offense," he added. "When we are in a spread offense, I'm out at wide receiver, but when we go to a tight formation, I play tight end. I also flex out as an H-back."

College recruiters took notice of Laster's talent last summer, and he has picked up three offers to date, with another school very close to offering.

"Right now, I have offers from Temple, Akron, Bowling Green, and Duke told my coach they're offering me, but I haven't had that firmed up yet," he explained. "I have been getting lots of mail, and coaches have been calling my school about me like crazy. I would love to have the Duke offer and I've very interested in them."

"I've been invited to home games by schools like West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Notre Dame, Louisville, and others," he continued. "Talking to people like (Louisville head coach) Charlie Strong, (Ohio State assistant) Taver Johnson and (Notre Dame assistant) Ed Warriner is very exciting for me. I'd like to take some unofficial visits, but we play a lot of Saturday afternoon games. Ohio State invites me every week to their home games too, but it's been tough to get there. I don't want to say I have any favorites, because I respect and like everyone."

Through four games, Laster has caught 21 passes for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, he has 41 tackles and six sacks.

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