When you rack up as many offers as Springfield (Ohio) linebacker Trey DePriest did early in the recruiting process you wouldn’t expect many to take him by surprise.
Before 2010 even rolled around, Scout.com’s No. 2-ranked middle linebacker was well into double digits with his offer count and his list of overtures included the likes of Oklahoma, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Duke, Stanford, Michigan State, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and several others.
That number count continued to rise shortly after the New Year and it’s now gotten close to 25 as schools such as Alabama, North Carolina, Illinois, and Pittsburgh, amongst others, tossed their name into the discussion.
The latest school to extend a scholarship offer to DePriest was LSU and he will be the first to admit that he wasn’t expecting to get the official offer in writing on Monday.
“Honestly, that just came out of the blue,” said DePriest. “It’s probably one of the offers that have surprised me the most.”
The fact that LSU offered the standout linebacker should not have been too much of a surprise because DePriest will be one of the hottest commodities on the recruiting front for 2011.
Schools took notice early on during his sophomore year and he only strengthened his résumé even more when he logged 101 tackles – including 10 for loss – and seven sacks during his junior campaign, along with 13 touchdowns and 812 yards rushing.
DePriest admits that he is still in the fact-finding part of his recruitment when it comes to all of the schools that are after him and he says that he will now start looking into LSU a little more.
For now, though, there are only a couple of things he has to go off of with the Tigers, but it’s enough to peak his interest.
“They’re a good team and that’s about all I really know,” he said. “You always hear about LSU when people talk about the top teams in the country and I know they won a couple of national championships recently, so that’s something you notice. I’m going to call down there and talk to the coaches to find out more but I’m just so consumed with basketball right now.”
LSU has ventured up into Big 10 country the last four years and managed to pull one of the country’s top prospects in Joe Barksdale in 2007, and more recently with Spencer Ware for the 2010 class.
It’s obvious that DePriest doesn’t know enough about LSU to say if the Tigers can accomplish that feat again with him. But he’s quick to point out that just because Baton Rouge is a long way from his current home that does not mean that he will not be talking a look at what LSU has to offer.
“It’s another school I have to think about,” he said. “I’m not worried at all about leaving home and I’m just going to look for the best fit for me. I’ll look more into LSU and see what it’s all about.”