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North Carolina DE Zion DeBose discusses Illini offer

Illinois continues its pursuit of defensive ends by extending a scholarship to North Carolina defensive end Zion DeBose

Zion DeBose decommitted from Appalachian State earlier this month to consider all his options.

Those options continue to grow -- and get better.

DeBose, who committed to App State during the summer, received his first SEC scholarship offer (MissourI) earlier this month. On Monday, he earned his first Big Ten offer, with Illinois making the the call.

"Defensive line coach Mike Phair called," DeBose told Illini Inquirer. "I was surprised, but I kind of saw it coming because I've been talking to (recruiting staffer Nate) McNeal for a couple weeks, and he's told me the d-line coach likes me."


DeBose is just starting to familiarize himself with Illinois, which is in desperate need of edge rushers.

"I know their head coach is Lovie Smith. He used to coach for the Chicago Bears," DeBose said. "And I like their conference. They are in the Big 10 so the competition is great."

http://www.scout.com/college/illinois/story/1722646-4-star-ath-nice-vibe... DeBose is starting to lock in visit dates. He said he will visit Missouri the weekend of Dec. 9-11 and Western Michigan on the weekend of Jan. 13-15.

"The schools recruiting me the hardest are Western Michigan, App state, and Missouri," DeBose said.

DeBose committed to Appalachian State in July over offers from Charlotte, Duke and East Carolina. He now also holds offers from Cincinnati and Kansas.

“You only go through this recruiting process once and I want to make sure everything is the right choice,” DeBose told Black and Gold Illustrated. “If I feel that App is home or if it’s not, I want to make sure I’m doing everything right so I don’t look back on it and make no mistakes or anything like that.”

The offer from Missouri spurred DeBose to announce his decommitment.

“Me and my parents are planning on sitting down real, real soon and just look at the schools I have potential offers from and who has a chance or is steered my direction of what I want to do in life or will I get potential playing time the soonest,” DeBose said. “We’re going to sit down and actually pick schools pretty school. Every school has a shot right now. Everybody’s even until I sit down and choose what official visits I’ll make.”

Scout Evaluation

DeBose is an extremely athletic prospect, who is explosive off the edge. He gets off the ball quickly and has very active hands. DeBose also has great speed and moves well laterally. He plays fast, but under control, and takes good angles when pursuing the football. DeBose has a high motor and plays very hard. He is thin, so he will need to add weight and get stronger. However, he has a lot of ability and a chance to develop into a very good player at the collegiate level.

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