2012 Intro: D.J. Humphries

CHARLOTTE --- A year ago, D.J. Humphries didn't expect any of this.

"I had been doing camps but there was no buzz," Humphries said. "After I did the Nike [Combine], a couple weeks later it was ridiculous."

Humphries will be a four-year starter for Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek at left tackle and hasn't allowed a sack since his freshman season. However, it wasn't until the 6-foot-6, 262-pounder participated in the Nike Combine less than a year ago that he received his first scholarship offer.

"I went from zero to 32 [offers] in a month," Humphries said. "It's a big adjustment. A lot of stuff comes with it. A lot of people try to be by your side just because of the offer list. But I only trust my teammates."

Last time he counted, Humphries tallied 34 verbal scholarship offers.

"[What has attracted all this attention is] just his athleticism, his long arms, his physicality – he has all the tools," Mallard Creek head coach Mike Palmieri said. "His upside is unbelievable."

Every ACC and SEC school is among the nearly three dozen schools to offer Humphries, plus Ohio State, Texas, and USC.

"Pretty much every major school in the country came through here [during the Contact Period and verbally offered]," Palmieri said.

Humphries plans to "officially" narrow his focus to five schools by the end of the summer, take his official visits, and then verbally commit during either the Under Armour All-American Game or U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"I've been invited to both [All-American games]," Humphries said. "I haven't decided which one, but I'm leaning towards U.S. Army."

Humphries has a preliminary favorites list consisting of Florida, Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina.

"Those are the schools that are right now sticking out for me – they aren't my official [finalists]," Humphries said. "For one, [they're in the] SEC. I was born and raised in Union, S.C. so I've been around SEC football my whole life. I've been to several South Carolina games, so I've experience SEC football. If you're a lineman, the SEC is the best [conference] to be in to prepare you for the NFL. I love the Saturday night games in LSU – it's ridiculous. I was on the field when [LSU] was warming up [and] I got chills."

Humphries now lives with his father in Charlotte, but his mother still lives in South Carolina. He also has a grandmother in Georgia.

Besides LSU and South Carolina, Humphries has unofficially visited North Carolina (during the summer of 2010), Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He's in the process of planning trips to Florida and Georgia.

Humphries says he learned a lot about the recruiting process from watching former teammate Marquise Williams, who enrolled at UNC in January, go through it himself last year.

"I learned to watch what you say to certain people," Humphries said. "People take what you say and run with it."

One remark that was taken and ran with was when Humphries, as a naïve sophomore with no offers, said he would follow Williams wherever he went. Humphries now says Williams being at UNC will have no effect on his recruitment.

"Carolina is the perfect fit for him," Humphries said. "But I've got to pick what is best for me."

The perfect fit for Humphries is a school with a strong fan base, good academics, and players and coaches that he "meshes" with.

"I've got to go to a coaching staff that I know is going to be there for all four of my years," Humphries said. "… I like player coaches. I don't like coaches that are real tight-faced and don't talk on game day. I need some enthusiasm. I need some energy."

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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