Talking to Deljuan you get the feeling that the attention he is receiving is not that big of a deal to him. In fact, when I asked him about his teammate, quarterback Kevin Dockery, he seemed to enjoy talking about him more than talking about himself.
Teammate Kevin Dockery reciprocated when I talked to him later in the night. Kevin, who has been playing football with Deljuan since the seventh grade had this to say when asked what makes Deljuan so good. "I think he is a great athlete. Whatever you want him to do, he, basically, can go out there and do it. He has a knack for hitting and hurting people. I have never seen a player as big and quick as he is."
College coaches agree with the first-hand assessment of Kevin's because Deljuan has become one of the hottest recruiting prospects in the south.
Contacted by just about every team in the south, Deljuan has researched his options and has narrowed his list of schools to a final five. "I've narrowed it down to five schools, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn and Mississippi State."
In fact he has even started taking the next step in the recruiting process by having taken an official visit. "I've already taken one visit to LSU," said Deljuan. "I took a visit to LSU this past weekend (Dec. 14-16)."
He came away impressed. "It was very nice," commented Deljuan. "They were just coming off that championship win."
With one official visit taken, he now has four more left. "January 11th, I'm going to Mississippi State," said Deljuan. "January 18th, I'm going to Auburn. On the 25th I'm going to Georgia. Then, on the 1st (of February) I'm going to Tennessee."
There are reasons that he has narrowed it down to those five schools. "I really just believe they are the best in the SEC. That means a lot to me. And they all have good football programs."
He mentioned that all of the schools are recruiting him as a linebacker.
Although they have different type defenses, he did say they were all saying pretty much the same thing. "They are all going to line me up as a blitzing type guy. Mississippi State is going to blitz. Auburn is going to blitz me too. Tennessee is going to rush me. All of them are really saying the same thing to me."
The last time I talked to him he said he was a slight lean to Mississippi State. When asked if he is still an MSU lean, he said, "I doubt it; not really. It is pretty much even now."
Even though he won't publicly talk about whether he now has a leader, this youngster does have an idea about where he will end up because one of his last comments to me was, "I've got a feeling about everything but I'm going on my visits to compare all of them."
Of course, like any good reporter, I had to ask him what his feeling was. And, of course, like the recruiting pro he has become, he said with a slight laugh, "I'm keeping that on low right now."
With that final tease, fans and coaches at Mississippi State, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn will now have to take a wait-and-see attitude about this highly thought of youngster.
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