Schools Jumping on Jasper

As Stanford looks to continue its Peach State pipeline, our attention is drawn to Dunwoody High School at this time of year. 6'3" defensive back DeRon Jasper is enjoying a surge in his recruitment, as the late bloomer is suddenly being discovered by schools. The Cardinal are calling from the greatest distance, but are they the greatest longshot?

DeRon Jasper is a late bloomer in recruiting circles according to James Teter, his high school coach at Dunwoody (Ga.) High.  As his video has been sent around the country, more teams are starting to pay more attention to the athletic defensive back, and Jasper's offers are beginning to multiply. Coach Teter spoke with about his prized performer.

At the time of the interview, Jasper was in another office speaking with a coach from Wake Forest.

"He's been offered by Kentucky, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Furman, Villanova. Wake is right now in our office talking to him," Teter said.  "Vanderbilt is going to get him a visit (official); Wake's going to get him a visit.  He can take an official visit to Georgia Tech if he wants, but it's right here in town so he'll probably do it unofficial.  Stanford is also on him…  There hasn't been [an offer] yet, but according to them, they have to have the application done before they're allowed to do that.  So, they're in the process of doing that.  His dad went to Stanford, so when they came the other day and talked to him, I looked for them to go ahead and offer him.  The more film that goes out, the more people get attached to it."

Teter says schools are looking at Jasper as either a cornerback or safety.  He also addressed the question of Jasper's size.

"Everything I have has him as 6'2" but every coach that comes in here says, ‘No coach, he's more 6'3"'," Teter said.  "So, he's about 6'3", about 180 pounds, 4.4 speed."

Coach Teter attributes the late interest to the increased visibility from coaches receiving his film - and the fact that Jasper lingered behind some talent in previous seasons at Dunwoody.

"I guess you'd consider him a late bloomer," Teter said.  "He played behind a safety last year who went to ,Arkansas and the other safety went to Western Carolina.  So, he was behind those two last year."

Jasper has played all over the field this year because of his athleticism and out of necessity, with injuries plaguing other spots on the roster.

"He started out playing corner for the first two and a half games, and then our strong safety blew out his knee, so we moved him back to safety," Teter said.  "He played some tailback for us, but we have a young 10th grader that's really good, so he rotated with him, and I have another junior tailback also.  And then he returned kicks."

Jasper's coach wasn't ready to name favorites for him, but he did give a clue as to what team may play a huge part in his recruitment and why.

"I wish I could tell you [his favorites], but he's a very quiet kid, and I think Dad's going to also be pretty involved with it," Teter said.  "If his dad had his choice, I think he'd rather have him go to Stanford."

Teter listed Jasper's senior stats as follows: "44 solos, 18 assists, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception, and 1 sack."

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