Leto's Jeremy Deering is a name Bulls fans have been following for quite some time. Last summer he was featured on USFNation as one of the standouts at the 2008 Sling & Shoot. Fans are also familiar with the name because South Florida was one of the first teams to offer Deering. Since the Bulls early offer he has gathered close to 30 total offers from around the country.
This has been a big summer for Deering. After being named all-county his sophomore and junior year at the quarterback and running positions, Jeremy is making a switch to wide receiver. He'll still lineup at running back when needed, but he'll mainly be playing out wide as a receiver.
"This summer I improved on my receiving skills, handling the ball. I got a lot of repetition through 7 on 7's this year."
Jeremy and his Leto teammates participated in the highly competitive 7on7 tournament at USF and they also were part of an 8-team passing league held at Jesuit high school for 8 weeks throughout the summer. All of those extra reps have helped Deering make the switch to receiver.
"It was good to get all that practice. Our defense got better and it helped our offense. Especially reading and recognizing different defensive schemes."
Most college teams are recruiting Deering at receiver although a few have offered him as a defensive back or running back. At 6-foot, 190 he's got the size and speed to play on either side of the ball, the position he ends up at will likely be determined by the needs of the school he ends up choosing.
With 30 offers in-hand Jeremy says he'll cut his list by two-thirds in a few weeks.
"I haven't decided what teams I'm going to concentrate on, but during the fall I'm going to cut my list down to a top 10."
This summer Jeremy only visited two college campuses - one instate, the other in New Jersey.
"I only went to two schools this summer. USF for the Sling and Shoot, and I went to Rutgers for an unofficial visit."
"I'm interested in leaving the state, but at the same time I want to make sure I find the program that fits me best."
Even though he's checked out Rutgers and USF, Jeremy isn't ready to name a favorite because he says he wants to see more schools in order to make comparisons. Here is what he had to say about South Florida and Rutgers:
USF- Coach Simmonds is recruiting me. I like him, he's nice, funny. I'll be watching USF this year to see what they do and how I'd fit in if I went there.
Rutgers- They had nice facilities and stuff, but I really liked the people there, they were real good to me.
Deering gave USFNation a peek into his top 10 that will come out this fall. He said to expect both Rutgers and USF to make his cut when he eliminates 20 of the 30 teams that have offered.
After narrowing his list to a top 10, Deering will then start thinking about his official visit schedule.
"My coach thinks it will be better to wait till after the season. It depends. I might take one or two during the season and the rest after."
Rutgers will likely get a visit, but he's not sure of his plan for USF. He says the school is so close and he's been there a number of times, therefore a visit may not be needed. He does expect to make it to a couple of the Bulls home games this year unofficially.
The Bulls have offered Deering at receiver. He says he prefers to play WR on the next level, a factor that could help USF in his recruitment. But that's not all the 3-Star athlete is looking for.
"I'm looking for a place with good academics, a place that I get along with the players and coaches, I want to be able to get on the field in either my first or second year and I don't want to redshirt."
USFNation.com will check back in with Jeremy Deering in a few weeks when he cuts his list down to a top 10.
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