Offer Leaves Deablo Speechless

The first half of the Spring Evaluation Period has been fruitful for Divine Deablo. In recent weeks, the 2016 wide receiver has seen his scholarship count balloon to 13 offers. None of his offers, though, were quite as impactful as an offer from North Carolina on Thursday evening.

"I don't know what to say," Deablo said. "I can't put it into words. I'm just really happy right now.

"I like the colors, the fans, the academic support, and just the people around the campus [at UNC]."

Heading into the Spring Evaluation Period, Deablo held offers from Clemson, Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder from Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor has since added offers from East Carolina, Louisville, Old Dominion, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia – in addition to UNC.

The news of UNC's offer was delivered by Mount Tabor's head coach Laymarr Marshall.

"He told me that UNC offered and that Coach [Keith] Gilmore wanted me to call him after 7:30," Deablo said. "And he also told me congratulations."

Despite strong feelings towards UNC, Deablo says he's still a year away from making a verbal commitment.

"[UNC] is definitely up there now," Deablo said.

Deablo headed into the spring with a top three of Clemson, UNC, and Virginia Tech. The new offers have forced him to expand that favorite schools list to five with the inclusion of Louisville and South Carolina.

"The offense, I really like with all those teams," Deablo said. "I haven't visited all the places, but I know they have a great history in football and I think they'll continue that."

Deablo says that his feelings are equal among his top five.

Within the next year, Deablo's plan is to visit – and in some cases revisit – each of the schools that have offered him, especially those that make up his top five.

"I want to go around the campus and see how the people interact," Deablo said.

Deablo was excited to call Gilmore on Thursday night.

"I'm mostly going to let him say what he has to say," Deablo said. "But I'm also going to ask him when I can get up there again maybe for a practice."

Deablo has previously visited UNC for a junior day and a camp last summer.

Besides UNC, Deablo has made trips to Clemson, Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

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

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