Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak athlete Demetric Felton is best described as a playmaker. He can be carrying the ball out of the backfield, catching passes in the slot, returning kicks or even lining up at cornerback and locking down a receiver. It doesn’t matter where you put him up on the football field, he’s going to make plays.
That’s why the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Class of 2016 three-star has been receiving a lot of attention, particularly in the Pac-12 lately.
Felton’s first offer came from Utah.
“That first offer was amazing. I woke up in the morning and my dad was like, ‘Come in my room.’ I thought I was in trouble or something, but he told me I got my first offer from the University of Utah and I was excited.”
Felton said Michigan Director of Recruiting, Chris Partridge, reached out to him and after some back and forth conversation told Felton he planned to show his tape to the coaching staff. A day later, Felton called Partridge again. Partridge handed the phone over to Passing Game Coordinator Jedd Fisch, who gave Felton the word that they were going to offer him a scholarship.
The new attention and the offers he has received is only motivating Felton to strive for more.
“It made me just want to work harder because there’s a lot of guys in that 2016 class that are working just as hard that are wanting to get those offers too. So it just made me want to work harder.”
Though he doesn’t yet have an offer, Felton has also been receiving interest from USC. He was one of the high school studs that were brought in for USC’s Elite Junior Invite the day before the Super Bowl.
“Going in all I knew was what everyone knows — USC is a good program. They send a lot of guys to the NFL. They’re the No. 1 team that sends guys to the NFL. That’s what I knew when I went in.”
But Felton said he gained a greater understanding and appreciation of the Trojan tradition and the history of the USC football program, which he has really latched onto as something that stands out and interests him.
“Definitely the history,” Felton said. “They send a lot of guys to the NFL and that’s the goal right now. The tradition is amazing. The coaching is amazing. You get everything when you go there.”
“They said they really liked my film. They said I was very electric and everything. I talked to them after, so we’ll see how things go.”
While Felton likes the USC program and has stayed in contact with Martin since the event, Felton doesn’t currently have an offer. Felton is hoping for an offer from the Trojans and a couple of other Pac-12 schools, but he said he isn’t going to beg for any offers. He wants the school he chooses to really show that it wants him.
As of now, Felton said he plans to take unofficial visits to Michigan as well as Cal and Arizona State before his senior season starts since all three of those schools have offered. Unlike some prospects, Felton doesn’t want his recruitment to go down to the final hours on National Signing Day.
He said it’s very possible he could have an early decision with sometime early in his senior season probably being the latest he would want to wait before making his choice.
“I don’t want to wait to the very end like some of these other guys because you’re kind of taking someone else’s offer that they could be using for someone else,” Felton said. “I want to make my decision and be done.”
Check out Demetric Felton's highlights from this past season