DeLeon Enjoys "Home Away from Home"

Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School (SC) has a long tradition of putting players in the ACC, but standout defensive tackle David DeLeon may be breaking that mold soon to head north.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School (SC) has a long tradition of putting players in the ACC, but standout defensive tackle David Deleon may be breaking that mold soon to head north.  As RedHawk Insider reported last week, three star DT David DeLeon took his first long distance college visit on June 13th to visit Miami in Oxford, Ohio.  When DeLeon arrived, he realized that the coaching staff hadn't sold him short, "the campus was very nice," he said.   "Walking around it felt like I already knew it.  It is what I pictured in a college."  But as a consensus top fifty tackle, DeLeon's wishlist obviously includes more than a pretty campus.  How does the 6'1", 275 lb.  senior think he'd fit into the defensive scheme?  "(Defensive Coordinator) Pete Rekstis wants to run a very aggressive, attacking pass rush and that's what I want.  I want to get after the quarterback."  DeLeon had 8 sacks and 65 tackles as a junior.  "They also run a multiple defense like we do at Bamberg, so it was perfect for me.  I already have experience in those schemes," he added.

When RedHawk Insider spoke with Bamberg High School coach Kevin Crosby, he reported a heavy emphasis on finding a "football family for David to develop in."  Miami's roster boasts a heavy contingent of players from the South, but did David get the feel he was looking for?  "Oh yeah, I felt at home with the coaches and the team.  It was like a home away from home for me," he answered.

While Miami fans are craving a commitment after such a great visit, they must wait with the coaches and fans from across the country until July 9th when David returns from a three week academic program preparing him for senior year and college curriculum.  Until then, the RedHawks are hoping he's dreaming of his new "home away from home."

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