Deacs Looking At Three From Roberson

When a coach can glance at his roster for the coming season and see a college prospect among the names, he has reason to be pleased. However, when a coach can look at his roster and know three of his players will be playing at the next level, he has reason to be ecstatic. Such is the case with Asheville (N.C.) T.C. Roberson head coach Mike Houston.

Meet the three Roberson standouts -- RB/DB Devon Mills, RB/LB David McDowell and TE/DE Dequan Davis. Meet the Roberson trio -- RB/DB Devon Mills, RB/LB David McDowell and TE/DE Dequan Davis.

All three have received interest from the Tar Heels' coaching staff, as well as interest from other surrounding schools, and made the trip to Chapel Hill a couple weeks back to attend UNC's Junior Day.

"North Carolina has talked to all three at a variety of different levels," Houston stated. "I'm sure a lot of it is going to be they want to see how they progress academically and how they do athletically this fall."

"All three have had contact with Wake Forest," he added. "All three have had some contact from NC State, and some contacts from ACC schools outside of North Carolina."

Mills, 5-9, 175 pounds, is the most athletic of the bunch. He has been clocked as low as 4.41 in the forty-yard dash and projects as a defensive back at the collegiate level, though he gained 1,254 yards as a running back last year and recorded 21 touchdowns.

"Mills plays extremely hard," remarked Houston. "He is a real energetic player, very tough, very hard-nosed, a lot of heart, very quick and very physical for his size. He's not a real big guy but very physical for his size."

McDowell [pictured on left], 6-3, 235 pounds, on the other hand, is a player that passes the "eye" test. His football instincts, speed (4.51 forty-yard dash), and strength (330-pound bench max and 485-pound squat max) have him projected as an inside linebacker.

"McDowell is very explosive," Houston said. "A good looking kid, he is one that looks good just standing there in uniform. He has great closing speed. He is one of those kids that whenever he breaks on the ball or breaks on the ball carrier, he gets there in a hurry and can bring a good lick with him."

Davis [pictured on right], 6-5, 240 pounds, probably has the most upside of the three. He is in the mold of your typical college tight end and has steadily improved each of his high school years as a pass catcher and a blocker.

"Davis has the potential to be huge," Houston said. "He is 6-5 and has the frame to hold a lot of weight. He is a good athlete for a kid that size, has real good hands and is developing into a much better blocker."


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