RECRUITING: Lewisville linebacker has nine offers

How high are the Sooners on Lewisville LB Demario Pleasants' list?


DeMario is regarded as one of the top linebackers in Texas and may people feel he is the very best linebacker in Texas.

Pleasant will be a 3-year starter and will settle in at inside linebacker this season. As a sophomore, Pleasant started at wide receiver for the first three games of the year before moving to inside linebacker the rest of the season. He also alternated at running back.

Pleasant finished his sophomore season with 78 tackles and four interceptions. As a junior, Pleasant concentrated on defense and finished with 89 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and six fumble recoveries. Pleasant can bench 285 pounds and he has a 40-inch vertical jump.

Pleasant played basketball this season, but will concentrate only on football his senior year. Pleasant has made a name for himself on his own, because he has not attended any summer camps thus far in high school and he doesn't plan to this year.

DeMario has already been to a regular season game at OU, Texas and Texas A&M.

"I am just kind of open right now, I really don't have any favorites," said Pleasant. "I will be looking at Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, USC and UCLA. I have nine offers thus far and the schools that I am really interested in have already offered me," said Pleasant.

"I have two former teammates that play at Oklahoma (Darren Stephens and Brett Rayl) and they both like the program and the university a lot. I also like the facilities at OU. I went to the OU junior day and had a great time."

Pleasant also said one of the most important factors in his decision could be early playing time.

"I want to be able to come in and compete for the starting job," Pleasant continued. "It is important that I can get some playing time early. If I have to redshirt that is fine with me, but I want every opportunity to play."

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