Local LB High on UM

South Florida has been very kind to the University of Miami over the years when it comes to producing some of the state's best prep talent. This year will be no different and one of the top linebackers is Homestead's Orlando Deschapell.

When the talented linebacker showed up at the recent NIKE Combine held at UM, he checked in at 6-feet and 213 pounds. He was timed at 4.69 over 40 yards, jumped 27 inches, and put up 28 reps on the 185-pound bench press.

Deschapell began playing football in 1995 but was forced to stop shortly afterwards because of the city's weight limit. He picked it up again in high school.

"I played on the offensive line as a freshman for the JV team," he said. "Then as a sophomore, I played varsity D-Line. I moved to middle linebacker last year and now I'm the team captain and everything."

Deschapell finished his junior season with 73 solo tackles, 43 assists, six sacks, and three fumble recoveries. He describes his style of play.

"I'm more physical than most linebackers," he said. "I see it, attack it, and demolish it. I'm not a finess player, I'm not loud. I just go out there, do my job, and go right back to the huddle."

Deschapell doesn't spend time participating in other sports because of all the time he spends inside the weightroom.

"I'm always working out," he said. "I've maxed out at over 400 pounds before (on the bench). I'm squatting 400 but I'm working on that."

The talented linebacker, who carries a 2.8 GPA while taking AP courses, is getting lots of interest from college programs.

"Nebraska and UM seem real interested," he said. "From what I've been told, Nebraska may be real close to offering. I've watched UM since I was little so I'm very interested in them. They'd have to be at the top. Two, Florida State. They were the first school to show interest in me. Three, Nebraska. They have an incredible program. Then Iowa and some others too."

Deschapell plans on being at the NIKE Training Camp at UM on April 4.

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