Middleton visiting this weekend

When looking for defensive line help in the 2014 class, the Wake Forest staff can look in their own backyard to find a good one. Deshaywn Middleton, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound junior at Winston-Salem's Parkland High School, already has six offers to his credit and has the attention of the Demon Deacon coaches.

"I'm actually going to be going on a visit to Wake Forest this weekend when they play Chapel Hill," said Deshaywn Middleton. "I've been talking with Coach McCartney since the mid-quarter of last year. We keep in touch by email and through my head coach. I think we're beginning to build a good, solid relationship."

Middleton has offers from N.C. State, East Carolina, Old Dominion, Appalachian State, The Citadel, and Elon. His stock improved with a good showing at summer camps and combines in North Carolina, Texas, and Florida.

"It was a football type of summer," he said. "I went to camps at UNC and N.C. State trying to get my name out there. In July, I went to the Underclassmen Challenge near Dallas. There were players there from all over the state of Texas and from different parts of the country. It was great to get some new competition and go against some older, bigger guys. There's not as many big guys in our conference, so I think I improved a lot having competed there. I learned some new more and developed some new skills with hand placement. Then went down to Orlando to train with NFL players, Greg Jones and Travis Johnson, and got in great condition to play both ways this season."

The Parkland Mustangs have started their season off 0-3, but Middleton has been productive with 15 tackles, three sacks, and two fumble recoveries. He plays both defensive tackle and defensive end depending on the play and right tackle on the offensive side of the ball. In between games, Middleton has been working in campus visits. Last weekend, he attended East Carolina's opener with Appalachian State and this weekend he'll be at Groves Stadium.

"I'm looking for the type of connection I have with my head coach," Middleton said on his college search. "We have a good understanding. He's hard on me, but he's just trying to help me get better. I'd like to play with teammates I can be laid-back around and enjoy my four years with. The education is very important. That's the foundation. I'm looking at school's with the best medical programs."

Middleton likes to play a variety of sports at Parkland. He plays basketball and track and field but would like to also play lacrosse as a junior and baseball as a senior. He reports a 3.0 GPA. Parkland will face Mount Tabor this weekend before they begin conference play in the Piedmont Triad the following week.

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