2016 Target: Divine Deablo

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --- Six schools have already offered Divine Deablo. However, it's a school that hasn't yet offered that the 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver from Mount Tabor High School grew up rooting for.

Scouting Report

"He's an explosive player," Mount Tabor head coach Laymarr Marshall said. "I hate to make comparisons to guys that have made it big because I don't like to put that pressure on my athletes, but he's an A.J. Green type wide receiver if I had to give you a prototype. He's a very fluid athlete… This was his first season playing wide receiver, but he looks so natural at it. He's a long strider, so he has deceptive speed.

"He's not a prima donna wide receiver – he's a football player. He's not afraid to get his hands dirty and block. He's a wildcat quarterback, so can get in between the tackles and rush the football as well.

"He's just a guy that goes about his business and makes plays. Most of the guys on the team probably don't even know what his voice sounds like. He's the quietest, most humble guy on the team."

Prep Career

Prior to high school, Deablo alternated between quarterback and running back. As a freshman at Mount Tabor, he settled in as the junior varsity quarterback.

"He came in [to high school] with a reputation and [quarterback] was the plan all along," Marshall said. "But we had an experienced guy coming back for us last year and we were trying to get all of our best players on the field. The plan was to move him out to wide receiver this year and perhaps move him back to quarterback, but it was a natural fit for him."

Mount Tabor employs a multiple spread offense that is geared to take advantage of Deablo's abilities. They'll use him as a deep receiving option, the ball carrier on jet sweeps and as a wildcat quarterback, and the primary target on several receiver screens. Also, most of its running plays have an exterior receiver screen pass attached as an audible to get the ball in Deablo's hands if the defense cheats in to stop the run.

"We get [the ball] to him in multiple ways," Marshall said. "He's definitely a guy that has to get a certain amount of touches per game."

Deablo finished the season with 42 receptions for 758 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also rushed for just under 300 yards.

Recruitment

Clemson extended Deablo his first scholarship offer during a visit to Death Valley for the football game against Florida State. Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia soon followed suit. North Carolina and Tennessee have also expressed significant interest.

"He's definitely more than just on the radar [at UNC]," Marshall said. "I've spoken to Coach Gil [Keith Gilmore] several times. He said they really like [Deablo] and [an offer] would be soon.

"He's hoping to get that offer. Divine grew up as a Carolina fan – like a lot of guys in our state. So he wouldn't take that lightly if he got an offer from Carolina."

Deablo didn't deny Marshall's claims.

"I love North Carolina – no matter what," Deablo said with a big smile. "I like the colors, the offense, and my mom is a big fan, too."

Deablo says an offer could lead him to make a verbal commitment.

Clemson and Virginia Tech are also high on Deablo's list, because of their fans, stadium, and coaches.

Deablo was in Chapel Hill in early March for UNC's Junior Day.

"They have a lot of stuff that I never seen before," Deablo said. "They had PS4s and Xbox 1s out for players to play on. And it's a big place. I got to go up and down and around the football facility."

Deablo also camped at UNC last summer where he worked out under Gunter Brewer, UNC's wide receivers coach.

"I had to leave early unfortunately, but I learned a few things," Deablo said.

Additionally, Deablo has attended junior days at Clemson, NC State, and Virginia Tech. Last football season, he attended two games at Clemson (Boston College and Florida State) and a game at NC State (vs. UNC), Virginia Tech (vs. Maryland), and Wake Forest (vs. Duke).

Extra Notes

Deablo is only 15 years old and thus will graduate high school at 17… Deablo is a part of Mount Tabor's track-and-field team where the 400-meter dash is his featured event. He also does the long jump and runs relays… To say the least, Deablo's full name is unique. According to Deablo, his father named him "Divine" because his surname was the subject of jokes when he was a child himself. "Divine" provided "balance."

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