Gamecocks Keeping Tabs on Arizona RB

Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) 4-star running back Covaughn Deboskie is considered by many to be one of the top running back prospects in America this recruiting year, and with several major college programs pursuing him, the Copper State standout has the offer list to back it up. Read inside for full story.

The 6'0", 192 pound Deboskie, who has been timed as low as 4.38 seconds in the forty yard dash, has offers from schools all over the country, and the premier backfield prospect discussed the latest in his recruitment.

"It's going real good. Mississippi State just offered me, and I think I've got seventeen or eighteen (offers) now," said Deboskie. "As far as favorites, it's like everyone's even because there's so many schools. But there are some that kind of do stand out like UCLA, Stanford, Michigan, Clemson, Georgia Tech, ASU and Florida. Those are the ones that stand out, but I haven't found a school that I felt solid with and where I want to commit to with a solid verbal."

One school that has not yet offered but that is keeping close track of him is South Carolina, and according to Deboskie, he has heard very good things about the Gamecock program.

"I know that they have great facilities and a great, great weight training facility. I heard they have a great everything. I have a friend, Chaz Washington, and he told me that South Carolina has a lot of new things. I plan on visiting them over the summer."

Deboskie, who is being recruited by Coach Robert Gillespie for the Gamecocks, said he plans on making visits to Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson and Florida all in the month of July, and despite those schools being 2,000 miles away from his home in Arizona, the 4-star rated prospect said distance will not play a factor in his decision.

"It doesn't matter where I go, because wherever I go I'm going to play football and do schoolwork. That's all I care about."

While distance won't play into his decision, Deboskie shared what factors he will take into account when deciding on his college choice.

"Education, playing early is a nice factor, and I want a team with unity. I want to go to a team where I know I won't get dogged or anything and a team that will be there for me no matter what, especially with the coaches. I want to have a great relationship with my coaches since they're going to be my coaches for three to four years."

With plans on graduating in December, Deboskie said he will look to make an early decision.

"I might have to make my decision before my season or during mid-season because I plan on graduating early."

When asked to describe what strengths he brings to the football field, Deboskie, who rushed for 1,304 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior last season, said he is the complete package out of the backfield.

"I'm versatile, and I guess all of these reporters and coaches call me the ‘total package.' Others have called me a 'complete back.' I think that if I weighed 200-something pounds, then I'd really believe that's true, but other than that, what they're saying is pretty much true. I can do anything a coach wants me to do."

Deboskie closed by sharing what goals he has set for his senior season this fall, none of which are more important to him than generating exposure for his little brother, who he hopes will receive the same kind of recruiting attention down the road that he has this year.

"I want to win a state championship, and I want to get my brother (Caleve Deboskie) exposure. Hopefully with my abilities, I can get him exposure. I'm trying to get my brother to play wherever I play. He's a wide receiver that's about to be a junior (class of 2009)."

Deboskie helped lead his Hamilton team to a 13-1 record and the 5A State Championship last season, and he claims a sterling 4.16 GPA in the classroom.

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