No Rest for Deal

Still working on coming up with a top list of favorites, Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic running back Taiwan Deal is planning a plethora of summer campus visits, including a return trip to Wisconsin.

Schools across the country are finally on summer break, allowing students a few months of freedom. But for Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic running back Taiwan Deal, the summer is the time of the year he can focus solely on becoming a better football player.

"I've been doing a lot of practicing for 7-on-7 tournaments at my school and working out as well," Deal told Badger Nation. "My summer won't allow me to relax, but I am going to try and enjoy it."

Deal's focus is twofold. He wants to improve the size on his 6-5 frame and get his 210-pound body to move quicker.

"I want to improve my all-around game," said Deal, who finished last season with 125 carries for 955 yards (7.64 yards per carry) and 21 touchdowns. "That's what I work on every offseason, every summer. I watch a lot of clips of famous running backs to see what they're doing and do things like that. I want to improve how I react on the field with my reads, cuts and my spin moves."

The second part of his summer plan is to figure out where he wants to play college football. A three-star recruit ranked the No.54 running back in the country by Fox Sports Next, Deal has picked up offers from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and the SEC.

"The spring evaluation period was good," said Deal. "A lot of schools came through and either watched us work out in the gym and the weight room or they came out to the field."

Picking up scholarships from Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech during the spring evaluation period, Deal recognizes that he needs to start having some favorites, which is why he plans to visit multiple schools during the summer.

"I am hoping to visit West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Purdue, Boston College and hopefully get back to Wisconsin again," said Deal. "All those schools have offered me so I'd like to see them."

Deal visited Madison during his spring break in early April for a spring practice, getting a tour of the campus and the program's brand new locker room, weight room and other facilities.

"I liked everything about the visit," said Deal. "I finally got to meet the coaches I had been talking to, so it was a great time. I really liked it there. It was an overall good experience. Wisconsin is such a great place with a great atmosphere."

While Deal got a chance to meet head coach Gary Andersen, offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and others, it allowed him to continue to build his relationship with running back coach Thomas Hammock.

"It really has developed into a great relationship," said Deal. "We talk almost on a daily basis."

Deal's return visit to Madison will likely include a pair of his teammates, as wide receivers Cameron Phillips and Chris Jones both have offered from the Badgers. He hopes to have an idea of what school he wants to go to before his senior season.

"Most importantly, I want to help our team win a championship," said Deal.

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