Sleeper OL Getting Big Looks

Because Southwest High in Miami hasn't been producing Division 1 players on a regular basis in recent years, its top players tend to get overlooked each year. When you're an offensive lineman, that's especially the case.

Chris DeArmas is one of those players this year. At 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, the talented lineman has been playing since his freshman year.

"I just started playing football in ninth grade," DeArmas said. "Before that, I played hockey and soccer. I've done track in high school but I'm mostly straight football. It's a year round thing these days."

The talented lineman has lots of athletic ability for his size and that's something that really jumps out when watching him play.

"I think I'm a lot more athletic than most guys my size," he said. "Plus, I think I'm more proportional. Some guys are too big or too skinny. I'm in the middle somewhere and I think that helps me. I can get bigger and still keep my quickness and all that."

DeArmas, who has started playing tight end in recent 7-on-7 tournaments, plays tackle at the high school level. He'll be playing both ways again this season. Many college coaches have caught notice.

"I have scholarship offers from USF and FIU," he said. "But I'm getting a lot of stuff from other schools as well. In May, I got phone calls from Miami, USF, Florida, LSU, Maryland, and some others. A lot of the coaches just want to see what I can do during my senior year. UM's my top choice right now."

Speaking of the Hurricanes, DeArmas talked more about why the Canes sit atop his current list of favorites.

"Just the program, it's incredible," he said. "I've been to their camp three years in a row now and I've taken something back each time. I've watched them on TV, know their tradition and all that. Plus, Coach Coker came by my school this spring and came to watch my spring jamboree. Coach Cristobal is my recruiting coach and he sends a lot of handwritten mail and stuff like that. They're just keeping close tabs on me I guess."

DeArmas said he's staying patient and knows that he'll need a strong senior season to get the type of offers he wants.

"If Miami offered, that would be great," he said. "They have a lot of good players and I would really enjoy the competition, playing for those guys, and helping them keep the winning tradition going."

DeArmas mentioned Florida as another possibility if offered.

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