That is, until the Leto High of Tampa (Fla.) three-star took his official visit to Rutgers this weekend.
Did his 48-hour stay at Rutgers exceed his expectations?
"I would say, ‘Yes,' '' Deering said. "It made my decision harder to make. I didn't think it was going to be this good, based on the other visits. It's making my decision harder.
"The schools I'm really looking at? Illinois, Rutgers, Florida State. And maybe USF. I'm considering'' whether to look at USF.
Deering, a 6-foot, 190-pounder, was hosted by freshman receiver Mohamed Sanu.
It gave Sanu the opportunity to talk to Deering about a possible role with Rutgers. Deering was told on the visit Rutgers likes him at receiver, which is also his position of preference. Sanu had a big season for the Scarlet Knights, both catching the ball and running Rutgers' "Wildcat'' package.
Deering played mostly safety and quarterback last season at Leto High.
"I kind of like receiver,'' Deering said. "I played a little bit my senior year, but not much.''
The understated Deering said the structure of the trip was similar to the ones he has been on at Florida State and Illinois, other than the Saturday trip to the ESPN Zone in Manhattan.
"We did the usual,'' Deering said. "The academics, the tour of campus, the stadium, the indoor facility. Stuff like that. That was my second time to going to New York, but I didn't get a chance to go to the ESPN Zone the other time.''
Deering's visit ended with a discussion with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano. The two have developed a strong relationship during the recruiting process.
"He was saying basically to make the right decision that is best for me,'' Deering said.
But the trip to Rutgers really made Deering reconsider his college choices.
"I don't know anymore,'' Deering said. "I need to make a checklist, or something.''
The one thing Deering said he does know about his recruitment now is he will announce his college intentions on signing day.