Demetrius Mauney (© Michael Clark)

Big-time college programs recruiting 2019 ATH Demetrius Mauney

Forest City (N.C.) East Rutherford sophomore athlete Demetrius Mauney had a breakout season last fall and he spoke with Scout about his recruitment.

Demetrius Mauney played great on both sides of the ball last year. 

The sophomore rushed for 1,005 yards and 17 touchdowns on offense. Defensively, he had 55 tackles, including six tackles for loss and two sacks.

Mauney is generating interest from multiple major programs.

"North Carolina is still recruiting me hardest, but I'm also hearing from ClemsonNC State and Notre Dame," said the 6-foot, 195-pound Mauney.

The East Rutherford standout is still waiting on his first scholarship offer, but it could happen soon.

"I think North Carolina is the closest to offering," Mauney said. "They've mentioned possibly offering me this spring. I really like the game day atmosphere in Chapel Hill and they take care of their players.

"I also have a great relationship with (tight ends) coach (Chad) Scott, whose recruiting me. He's always honest and gives me advice. I've really connected with him and our bond has grown.

"That was actually my most recent visit. I went for a junior day a few weeks ago and I liked it. The coaches interacted with me a lot and made me feel at home. I was able to speak with coach (Larry) Fedora and that was great. It meant a lot."

NC State is also showing significant interest.

"They have a nice coaching staff and I like way they play," Mauney said. "I visited there, too, recently and liked it. The coaches treated me real well.

"On the visit, I was able to talk (safeties) coach (Aaron) Henry. He just came from Rutgers, so it was my first time meeting him. But he showed a lot of interest and we had a good conversation.

"I also spoke with coach (Dave) Doeren and he said they were going to recruit me hard. He said they were going to recruit me as an athlete. It meant a lot that he spoke to me."

As for other trips, Mauney said he would like to visit Florida State and Ohio State.

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