Florida ATH Receives UNC Offer

North Carolina assistant coach Troy Douglas extended a scholarship offer to Jeremy Deering this week.

"Actually, [Wednesday] I just got the paper for [the offer]," Deering said. "[Douglas] came to my school [a couple of weeks ago] and looked at my grades and stuff like that. [Wednesday] I spoke to him and he let me know that they offered me a scholarship."

Deering, a 6-foot, 190-pound athlete from Tampa (Fla) Leto, knows very little about UNC.

"I'll check them out," Deering said. "I'll see if I can check them out this summer and see if I like it or not."

Deering expects to spend much of his summer visiting schools. But he doesn't have any definite plans.

"I think I'm going to take some visits to the schools that have already offered me," Deering said. "I don't know, because my coach is handling that. He's taking me where he thinks is the best fit for me."

Already, Deering has visited Central Florida, Florida, Illinois, Purdue, and South Florida.

Deering's summer travels will go a long way to helping him establish a favorites list.

"[I'll be focused on] the academics, if I like the coach, if I feel comfortable when I go there on a visit and if I like the area that it's in," Deering said.

Deering doesn't expect to make a verbal commitment until Signing Day.

He isn't sure what position UNC is recruiting him for.

"I think [Douglas] offered as a wide receiver," Deering said.

Deering has been offered by 17 schools – including Central Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Marshall, Mississippi, Purdue, South Florida, Syracuse, and West Virginia – and each seem to be recruiting him for a different position.

"Some [are recruiting me] as an athlete, some as receiver, some as running back, some as DB," Deering said. "When they ask me what position I prefer, I tell them wherever I can play first."

During his prep career, Deering has lined up at outside linebacker, running back, quarterback, safety, tight end, and wide receiver. He became a starter for Leto late in his freshman season at tight end. He started his entire sophomore season at running back and continued at that position until he was moved to quarterback three games into his junior season. He expects to be move to wide receiver or running back this fall.

Leto runs a modified wing-T offense that, when Deering was under center, asked him to both pass and run. He ended his junior season with 1,077 yards and four touchdowns on 146 rushes (7.4-yard average), and 853 yards and ten touchdowns on 37-of-77 passing.

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