Huskers in the mix for #7 DT in the country

Last year's defensive line class was one of the best in recent years. Names like Jerrell Powe, Callahan Bright, Roy Miller and Demarcus Granger, just a few of the all-everything bigguns on the defensive side of the ball. Well, there's a biggun down in Florida, that just on size alone is more than a match for the super preps named above. Now, one of the top defensive tackles in the country is looking to cement his name as one of the best around.

Charles Deas probably doesn't need anymore hype. At 6 foot, 4 inches and 318 pounds, the Lauderdale Lakes, Florida defensive star has plenty, if just on his size alone. He's one of the biggest defensive tackles in the country, but don't pigeonhole Deas as just a run stopper, because he says that's not where his game is at. "3-gap, that's my main strength," Charles said of his ability to get to the quarterback. "Come off the shoulder of the first block, move my body in off the second block and get up field."

 

Deas knows plenty about the second block, Charles double-teamed on almost every single play last year. And when he wasn't double-teamed, it might have been triple, if not more.

 

Bencing around 400 pounds, though, he's used to the attention, but it's all good for the Boyd H Anderson high school standout, because he knows that if they are paying so much attention to him, one his own has to be coming free.

 

"Go ahead and bring everyone on me, because that just means someone else on my team has a free shot to get in the backfield," he said. "One way or another, we're getting back there, so I just do what I can to make an impact."

 

His 10 sacks last year made an impact, but for another team, Deas transferring this year to Boyd from Fort Lauderdale Dillard. The move, though, hasn't stopped recruiters from following him wherever he goes, Deas boasting double-digits in written ships.

 

 Out of those, Deas is already looking at a few, especially when it comes to official visits. "Right now I'd say that I would officially visit Georgia, Nebraska and Auburn," he said. "That's not totally for sure, but I'd say them for right now."

 

If there is one thing that the triumvirate has in common that puts them on the early short-list isn't so much the interest he has in them, but the other way around. Like most recruits, Deas is attracted those that are showing him that he's a priority for their team.

 

"The ones that really care ask about me and follow me through all this, those are the ones I know will be there for me when I am at their school," Charles said. "It's like a family for me away from my family, so you have to trust that person and know that if you need their support, it's going to be there for you."

 

"Right now, the coaches from Nebraska are like that with me and the coach from Auburn and pretty much all the coaches from Georgia are like that to."

 

Deas has gotten to know a lot about the University of Georgia, Charles an admitted fan of the program, despite his lifelong loyalty as a Miami fan. They figure to be one of the schools that is most certainly going to be in it down the road.

 

As to Nebraska, one might look at the geography and the competition the Huskers have and say that the chance of Deas making it that far west are remote indeed.

 

Deas countered that to a degree, saying that first of all, location was not only not a problem, but being away from where he's at isn't such a bad thing in the end. "I want to get away, see what it's like someplace else, so I don't care about weather, location or anything like that," he said. "What I do care about are the coaches recruiting me, what kind of academics they have and where I fit in with what they do."

 

That's a hard question to answer, pertaining not to who Deas would fit, but wouldn't. At the point of impact, he's dominating. Getting up the field, he's deceptively quick for his size. And he'll be the first to tell you that the goal is always to be the best, but in order to do that, you have to go against the best around. Well, that means you have to play him.

 

"If you are supposed to be better than me, I want to play you," Charles said. "I have to see it to believe it. I'm not saying I am the best, but I can't name one that has ever even come close to beating me one-on-one."

 

"If you are better, I want to see it, because I'll go against anyone that thinks they are better than me."

 

Deas has been compared to Warren Sapp, his personality indicative of the all-pro former Miami Hurricane. A little bit cocky, a whole lot tenacious, but he's also one of those that likes to have fun. His idea of fun, though, well, you'd agree to, unless of course you are on the offensive side of the ball.

 

This year, he's planning to make sure that you aren't having any fun at all. "This year is about going out and doing it right," he said. "Whatever I gave last year, it's more this year. Whatever I got in numbers, I want more. Whatever I benched and squatted, I want more."

 

"I want it all this year and I want to take it as hard as I can to whoever gets in my way."

 

Deas has one more unofficial to make, a camp at the end of the month he'll be taking to LSU.

 

While Georgia looks like a solid early leader right now, if Deas holds off and actually does take his official visits like he's indicating right now, that could open the door for other teams trying to squeeze between him and the Dawgs.

 

Also, don't rule out Miami, because they have not offered as of yet, so if they do, there's a whole new competitor for the mix.


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