Fla. OT Nabs RU Offer

A 6-foot-7, 260-pound left tackle from Florida is one of the recipients of a handful of offers Rutgers sent out this week. He talks about his knowledge of Rutgers, if he has a preference of staying close to home or going away for college and also demonstrates his sense of humor. He has more than a dozen offers, so where does Rutgers rate?

Tarpon Springs (Fla.) High left tackle Zach DeBell's mother is Sicilian, and he said he knows Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is Italian.


"Yeah, that could be a problem,'' DeBell said jokingly.

DeBell, a 6-foot-7, 260-pounder from Florida's gulf coast, is being inundated by schools as his offers pile up, with Rutgers being one of the latest suitors. The Scarlet Knights sent a written offer his way this week.

"I don't know too much about them,'' DeBell said. "I'm looking at every school the same. I'm pretty open right now. It doesn't matter if it's in state or out of state. It doesn't matter if it's near or far. One school may be high in one thing, and another school may be high in another.''

DeBell's eclectic list of offers includes Iowa State and Western Kentucky, UCLA and Clemson, and Minnesota and Florida International. He added verbal offers were recently given by North Carolina State, Michigan and Missouri, but he isn't ready to start trimming his list.

"I'll do that in the summer,'' he said. " I haven't done it just from the fact I have a lot on my mind right now. I have the SATs on Saturday, spring ball, work, the prom in a few weeks.''

After Debell's hectic schedule calms down, he will take the opportunity to plan out his summer, and decide which schools he will visit unofficially.

Two destinations on his list may be Georgia and North Carolina, both of which were quick stopovers during the spring as he checked out the campus.

"I wish I could have had more time to spend there,'' he said. "There were other colleges I wanted to see as well, but I learned it's a big decision.

"I have to talk it over with my folks and see if we're going to get some plane tickets, or drive anywhere close in the summer.''

Wherever DaBell winds up, the program is in for an injection of humor.

"Whenever I go to a combine or something like that, I like leading people on,'' he said. "I'm like, ‘Yeah, I play safety.' They're like ‘What? You serious?' And I'm, ‘Yeah, I play safety. What's up?' ‘'

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