Sooners in on 2011 Midwest LB

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we talked with junior linebacker Trey DePriest from Springfield High School in Ohio.

Most schools have not yet filled up on commitments for the class of 2010, but that has not stopped many of the national powerhouse programs from trying to get ahead of the curve on the nation's top juniors.

On athlete who is already getting some early attention is Springfield (OH) linebacker Trey DePriest

"I have five offers right now: Central Michigan, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, and Cincinnati," DePriest said. "Things are going really well for me right now, but it is not that unexpected."

That is probably because the 6-foot-1, 220-pound DePriest has been playing, and excelling, on the varsity level since his freshman year. Of course, many times players are ranked in some kind of way based on statistics such as tackles, sacks and forced fumbles.

But for DePriest, there is one thing that was said.

"All I can say was that my numbers were not as good as they should be. Most of the times teams ran away from me, a lot," DePriest said.

This fall DePriest said that he plans to take in quite a few football games. But there are a couple of schools in particular that he wants to make sure and be on the sidelines for.

"I want to go to a few games, I am not sure of where I all I will go, but I would like to catch Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Michigan," DePriest said. "I'll be going to others, but when I want to make a trip, I'll call for some tickets."

Of the schools mentioned, DePriest stated that he wanted to check out the Big 12 champion Sooners. Oklahoma was one of the five schools that have extended an offer and DePriest said that he has had a verbal offer for about 1.5 months.

DePriest took us back to the day when the call came.

"I was on my way home from lifting weights and my defensive coordinator said that I needed to call coach (Brent) Venables," DePriest said. "He (Venables) wanted to let me know that Oklahoma was aware of my talents and thought that I would fit into the what they (Oklahoma defense) are doing. He said that I could play a key role on the defense. So, he offered me a scholarship on the phone."

This weekend, DePriest and the Springfield team take on the Hamilton team from Cincinnati.


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