Profile: Deondrea Lindsey

You can never have enough speed on the field, which is one reason West Virginia is recruiting St. Petersburg's Deondrea Lindsey.

Deondrae Lindsey's primary asset is speed, and he has plenty to burn. Lindsey has clocked several 4.4 timings, and says his fastest 40 was 4.35.

Of course, that's not the only feature the dual threat brings to the field. Lindsey plays running back on offense and safety on defense, and says that getting his hands on the ball is on of his favorite things.

"I like handling the ball and running with it," the 6-0, 175 pound rising senior told "Running with the ball is what I'm best at."

On the other side of the ball, Lindsey says "securing the field" is is primary job at free safety.

"I make sure nothing gets behind me. That's my first job at free."

After suffering a season ending injury as a sophomore, Lindsey bounced back to earn third team all state honors in class 2A by the Florida Sportswriters Association at running back, and expects to rack up more honors this year on what figures to be a powerful St. Petersburg Catholic team.

"We should be pretty good this year," Lindsey noted. We think we're good enough to win the state championship. We have some good players coming back, and my brothers are on the varsity with me this year."

Lindsey's brothers will man the quarterback and receiver positions this fall, which oculd set up some brotherly conflict over who gets the ball. The elder Lindsey, however, leaves no doubt as to who the man will be this year.

"They know I'm a senior, and that this year it's my turn," Lindsey laughed good-naturedly. "They'll have their chance in the future."

The speedy senior-to-be isn't resting on his laurels, however. He is still working to improve, and will play wherever his college coaches think he fits best.

"I like playing offense a little better, but I don't have any problem playing defense," the polite Lindsey noted. "I'm working on my reaction time and on bursting out and making plays rather than thinking about things so much."

Lindsey has a number of schools vying for his services. In addition to West Virginia, he has offers from Michigan and Wisconsin, and interest from Miami (Fla.) and Florida State.

"I haven't visited anywhere yet, and I probably won't until after the season is over in December," Lindsey said of his recruiting plans. "I want to take all my visits and take my time with my decision. It could go all the way down to signing day."

Lindsey, who plans to major in business, is in good shape acadmically and expects to qualify.

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