Recruit to watch: LB DeMario Pleasant

WeAreSC caught up with Demario Pleasant, 6'3, 220 lbs, out of Lewisville, Texas. The speedy linebacker is one of the most highly touted prospects in the state of Texas and he's been putting on quite a show through the first four games of his senior season.

With 4.49 speed and prototypical size for a linebacker, Pleasant has been receiving big time recruiting attention from colleges across the country, and as he explained, his phone has been ringing non-stop lately, "I got like three calls within five minutes tonight.  Oklahoma, Florida, Kansas State, and Arkansas all called."  If it was bad before, he can expect his recruitment to get even more hectic as his dominating early season performance is sure to boost him to near the top of most coaching staffs' wish list.  Through the first four games of this season, Pleasant already has 64 tackles and 6 sacks from his inside linebacker spot.  Although he was his usual impressive self this past weekend when Lewisville took on Arlington, his team didn't fair as well and he also suffered a minor injury, "We didn't win last weekend. We lost 31-3," he said.  "That's when I got hurt.  It's alright though, I just strained my groin.  I'll be back this week.  I had 18 tackles in the game.  I didn't play in the whole fourth quarter either." 


Pleasant, who had 88 tackles, 4 sacks, and 2 interceptions as a junior, attributes most of his early season success to a busy off-season, "Basically I did more weightlifting this past summer and I worked on my speed a lot.  I'm getting to the ball a lot quicker than I was last year.  Also, last year our defense was much better.  We had a really good defense, so that's another reason why I didn't make as many tackles."     


Although he has over a dozen offers, including one from USC, Pleasant has no favorites at this time and he couldn't even name a top 10 when asked, "I'm not really sure yet," he said.  "I haven't narrowed anything down.  I'm really open.  I'm just trying to watch how the season goes right now."  He did reveal some of the schools he's seriously considering however, when the topic of official visits came up.  He has yet to schedule any, but he does know of three he would like to take for sure, "I'm going to visit USC," he said.  "Also, Florida and Ohio State.  I'm not sure on the other two.  I'm just going to take un-officials to Oklahoma and A&M since they're about two-and-a-half hours from where I live."  Pleasant also might trip to a Big-12 school that was actually his favorite team growing up, "I liked Nebraska because I had a cousin that played there.  That's another place I might visit."  Pleasant also noted that he's taking into consideration the academics and graduation rates of the different schools he's looking at.  He also added that distance from home is not an important factor. 


In talking about USC, Pleasant had positive things to say, especially in regards to Coach Pete Carroll, "They always have good defense and good linebackers, and I like Coach Carroll.  I feel that he's turned the program around because they've had some big wins this season already.  I think they'll be even better next year.  I've watched just about all of their games.  I like their defense a lot.  I like the way they play their linebackers, so they make a lot of plays."


While many prospects often get tired of the constant calls and the grind that comes with the recruiting process, Pleasant plans on taking all of his official visits and is in no hurry to make a decision, "I'm kind of enjoying it," he said.  "It's not going to last for too long, so I'm enjoying it."


Pleasant has a big test in front of him this Friday night as he and his Lewisville team face a tough in-state power, "We play Midland Lee. That's the school where Cedric Benson, the running back at Texas went.  They've won the state title the last three years." Top Stories