Talk to any enthusiast of South Carolina high school football and they'll tell you that S Donkay Degraffenreid from Rock Hill (SC) High School has proven to be one of the state's most productive and impressive players. At 5-10, 185 pounds and boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Dagraffenreid plays out of position at LB on the prep level and will likely see his future in the defensive backfield in college. Last season he collected 120 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and forced four fumbles. Pack Pride caught up with the rising senior recently for the latest on his recruiting.
"I got an offer from Tennessee and, right now, my top five is Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Florida State, NC State and South Carolina in no particular order. Tennessee probably has a slight lead," said Degraffenreid.
Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Degraffenreid broke down each of his favorite schools.
Tennessee- "They have great coaches that not only care about what you do on the field, but they make sure that their players are great students. They were the first school to be very straight forward with me by pointing out the fact that even though my size is not (great), my abilty to play the game of football and make big plays , as well as small ones, is great. I also like the fact that my former teammate and now startinging UT cornerback Jonathan Hefney plays there."
South Carolina- "I see a chance to go in and see early playing time. It's close to home and the coaches are very down to earth. I like the fact that they are a program on the rise and that may be something I would like to be a part of."
NC State- "I love what I've seen on TV. I plan to visit and learn more about their program. The coach I spoke with sounded very interested."
Florida State- "They have a great tradition. I love the way they play defense. They really produce a lot of NFL talent."
VT- "I really don't know much about them yet,but they are very interested and I will do my research on them."
The 2005 recruiting season is sure to be busy for Degraffenreid but, despite the interest, he has managed to keep the process in great perspective.
"All the schools in my top five are great academic schools," he said. "The game of football is great, but it doesn't last for ever. What matters the most to me is getting my college education. The rest is just topping on the cake."