Michael Deeb just started playing football three years ago.
An all-around athlete growing up, Deeb loved baseball the most and was being recruited by colleges his freshman and sophomore years. That is, until he turned his allegiance to football.
"The excitement and emotion you experience is unlike anything else. I mean, you experience every emotion through the game of football," Deeb said. "And it's the only time you can knock somebody out and get praised for it. It's a really different game, but I'm in love with it."
Deeb, a three-star middle linebacker out of American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), has racked up seven offers from Western Kentucky, West Virginia, Illinois, SMU, South Florida, Penn State and Rutgers.
Right now he doesn't really have a favorite.
"Six of those are out of state, so I'm just trying to learn more about them," Deeb said. "They're all pretty even for me right now."
Recently Deeb took in two junior days at Miami and USF and loved them both.
"UM is, I mean, it's the University of Miami," he said. "I've been there multiple times growing up just 30 minutes away from campus. It's a really nice campus and a nice area. And the coaching staff, I like them a lot.
"And USF, I really like their coaching staff and I learned a lot at their junior day because I didn't really know a whole lot about it. For example, it's the ninth largest university in the nation. I had no idea," he added.
Deeb says he loves the Florida weather, but he would go to school out of state. This summer, he and his family are planning a recruiting tour to check out all the schools that have extended offers.
One of those visits could be paid to SMU.
"Coach [Derrick] Odum was telling me about their business school and it sounds like a solid program," Deeb said. "And George Bush is building his Presidential library there, and that's pretty cool."
Deeb said that after he recently spoke with 2012 SMU commit Ty Law (Lake Highland Prep) about the Mustangs.
"We played against each other and he messaged me, ‘Come on over to SMU.' So that was pretty interesting," Deeb said. "Their football program is solid. I've never been there, but it's definitely something new I'd like to look into."
When ultimately choosing a school, Deeb, who wants to major in business and minor in communication, says academics come first.
"Education is going to be No. 1," he said. "And you're calling the place home for four years, so I don't want to be in a place I can just take a vacation to. I want it to be a place I could live for a good amount of time, even when I'm done with school. A lot of the connections you make through the work field are through your university and your campus so you might be living there after you graduate."
Deeb, who stands at 6-foot-2, 215 lbs., says his greatest strength on the field is his motor, among other things.
"I always try to get a piece of each play," he said. "I play to the whistle and I'm not afraid to hit anybody. And I play downhill and plug up the middle."
Deeb said he would ideally like to commit to a school before heading into his senior season, that way he doesn't have to be distracted while trying to win a state championship.
"I don't want to put recruiting above the team once the season starts," he said.
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