Homestate Favorite

This rising senior has played several different positions on both sides of the ball, but his home state school is targeting him at one position.

Deion Spurlock of South Charleston (W. Va.) High school has played running back, wide receiver, cornerback and quarterback for the Black Eagles, but instate favorite West Virginia has eyes for him on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive backs coach Tony Gibson is eyeing him as a cornerback, and has been contacting him frequently.

"I am getting a lot of letters from West Virginia. They have been in contact with me a lot," said Spurlock, who has been a jack-of-all-trades during his high school career. "They invited me to their Junior Day and to the Gold and Blue game. I couldn't make it to the spring game, but I was there for Junior Day.

Spurlock, whose cousin Tommy is a walk-on running back for the Mountaineers, had already learned a great deal about the WVU program through his family connections, but still liked what he saw during his spring visit.

"There's not anything I didn't like at WVU," said the polite and well-spoken rising senior. "The coaches are very classy and show a lot of respect for the players and each other. I met the strength and conditioning coach (Mike Barwis), and he is very into football.

"I've gotten a lot of good information from Tommy, too," Spurlock continued. "He told me that if I end up coming there, I need to be prepared, because it is a lot of hard work. He told me you have to put in a lot to get a lot out of it."

Spurlock certainly fits the multi-skilled blueprint that West Virginia loves in its players. He split time between wide receiver and running back last year, but will move to quarterback this year. That switch will allow him to handle the ball more often, and make his team more explosive on offense. He will also continue his defensive role, manning a cornerback slot as South Charleston shoots for another spot in the playoffs.

"I think the move to quarterback will put more pressure on me, but that's pressure I am will to take on to get our team a championship," said Spurlock. "That's my one and only goal this year – to win a state championship. I have been to the playoffs twice, and lost to eventual state champion one year and to the runner-up the next."

Although Spurlock hasn't played quarterback in high school yet, he believes his team will have a fairly balanced offense.

"Other coaches will look at me and think we are run first, but I think we can pass the ball. I know we will have to prove we can pass it. We get together and pass and run routes and go through the ladder to keep ourselves in shape and work on the passing game. And for me, as a first time quarterback, it's letting me get to know my receivers better."

So far, Spurlock has received interest from Purdue, Akron, Columbia, and Ohio University in addition to West Virginia. He has not had any official offers yet, but is getting a great deal of contact from both WVU and Purdue, and hopes that his performances at upcoming combines and at West Virginia's camp will yield scholarship notice. He is set to attend the combine in Pittsburgh this weekend, and has another combine on his schedule before visits to summer camps at West Virginia and Ohio State, where he earned running back of the week honors in last year's session.

"West Virginia is absolutely my favorite, and regardless of what happens I will be leaning toward WVU," Spurlock said when asked if he had an early favorite. "I like everything about West Virginia."


Spurlock should have no trouble qualifying, as he sports a 3.15 overall GPA. He has taken the ACT and is awaiting results, and plans to take it again to lock up his qualifying status.

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Spurlock will attend multiple sessions of West Virginia's camp, and plans to get some work at quarterback to help him for his senior season, as well as demonstrate his cornerback skills. Although he has a plethora of positions under his belt, he claims no preference for a spot in college.

"I really don't have a preference on where I play," he said. "I just want to get on the field and play."

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