Texas Safety commits to Ole Miss
When Ole Miss Safety Coach Kim Dameron got wind of Fort Bend, TX, prospect Dele Junaid, he went to see him in spring training at Hightower HS, a AAAAA school.
Apparently, he liked what he saw and brought Dele (pronounced Deli) in for an unofficial visit last week.
That was all it took for Junaid, a 6-2, 180-pounder, to commit to the Rebels.
"Coach Dameron told me he liked my range, size, toughness and football knowledge and he wanted me at Ole Miss," said Dele. "After visiting there, I saw no reason not to commit."
Junaid, who could easily outgrow safety and be an OLB one day, liked everything he saw about Ole Miss.
"I don't know what else a player could want," he said. "The football facility is unbelievable, the coaching staff is just what I was looking for, the Oxford area is perfect for me, the academics setup is outstanding and to get a chance to play in the SEC is special.
"Even in Big 12 country, we know the SEC is the elite conference in America. I'm very excited."
Fort Bend, which is a suburb of Houston, is rich in high school football talent. Hightower, according to some Scout.com experts we talked to this morning, will have as many as 10 Division I signees this year.
"We will have a really good team," said Dele, who registered 66 tackles, 3 interceptions, 9 pass breakups, 2 fumble recoveries and 5 tackles for loss last year. "There are a lot of guys on my team who are great football players and we play in a fantastic league."
Dele, who carries a "2.6 or 2.7" grade point average and also ran the sprints in track two years ago at Hightower, said he was being recruited by a host of schools, but his offers have been limited.
"I think I was in line to get several offers, but Ole Miss wanted me the most so I moved on their offer," Junaid, who benches 300 pounds and runs a 4.5 40, said.
His list of suitors included Houston, Kansas State, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma State, USM, Wake Forest, Tulsa, Montana State, UL-Lafayette and Baylor.
Dele characterizes his play as "all-around."
"I'm a football player. I can play any skill position. I'm very aggressive and don't miss many tackles," he assessed his ability. "I consider myself a smart player who knows the game and has good all-around skills.
"I will work on my flexibility and strength more and try to gain some weight this year, but beyond that I think I will be ready for the next level."
To watch video of Ole Miss' newest commit, click here.
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