IN THE HUDDLE: Charles Deas

Is there a better defensive line prospect in the nation than Charles Deas? Ask the 60 colleges who have been watching him since the middle of last year, and all will tell you that the Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson prospect simply has no rival – anywhere in the nation!

During the spring and into the summer, www.floridakids.us will bring you our IN THE HUDDLE segments with football players throughout the state of Florida.

These are similar to the evaluations we pass on to the hundreds of colleges who visit our website, call us on the phone and correspond via e-mail.

Here is another top football player to keep an eye on this season – and beyond.

PLAYER: Charles Deas
POSITION: DL
SCHOOL: Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson
HEIGHT: 6-5
WEIGHT: 320
40 SPEED: 4.9
HEAD COACH: Lawal McCray
www.floridakids.us Pre-Spring Rating: 42

I remember the phone call well. It seems like it was only yesterday, but when Keith Franklin got the head coaching job at Fort Lauderdale Dillard, we spoke about some of the rising seniors he had on his new squad for the year.

As the conversation shifted from the upcoming senior class, we talked about some of the underclassmen the team had. Franklin said that he was impressed with a defensive lineman who I had told him about when he first got the job.

"This kid has the chance to be dominating," Franklin said. "I saw where you rated him after his sophomore year. I think you were right on target."

After watching Charles Deas play during his sophomore season, I saw someone who was a bit out of control and perhaps an athlete who could stand to lose a few pounds, but one who had the chance, if he stayed healthy and kept his grades up in the classroom, would one day be a player colleges would flock to see.

Throughout his junior year, Deas dominated much the way I thought he would. He reminded me in so many ways of a taller Warren Sapp in the way he carried himself.

In a game against rival Stranahan, Deas was simply impressive – to say the least. He had 15 tackles from his interior position. He knocked down two passes and picked another off. He scooped up a fumble and forced the quarterback out of the pocket five times. To say this was a career-defining game would be an understatement.

As the season moved along, more people would hear about Deas. Those who were inclined to tear away at him did so. Going to school in south Florida is like NO other place in the nation. I grew up there and know exactly what people will do to bring you down.

As the legend of Deas started to grow, so did the accusations of his eligibility, and when it was pointed out that his grade point average was too low, Deas and the Panthers were removed from the state playoffs.

As he looked to get his grades up and continue his dream of playing football at an elite college, Deas made his way to nearby Broward Christian to spend more time on academics, and that's when Boyd Anderson, the coaching staff and players welcomed their new star onto campus.

While some still question his eligibility, and many plan to still test whether Deas is academically set for the fall, this is someone who started to think about his own future, and his off season work ethic and attendance at camps and combines has not been matched by anyone I have seen. Charles Deas is serious about his future!

STRENGTHS: Will not back down against anyone. Mention a name of an elite offensive lineman and Deas wants to face off with him, and expects to win the battle – every time!

This is a 320-pounder in a 170-pound body. He runs extremely well, has superior strength and athletic ability that you just don't see in someone with this size. Against Delray Beach Atlantic in the spring classic, he even lined up in the offensive backfield as a blocker like the Chicago Bears did with William "The Refrigerator" Perry.

His technique is tremendous. He has won every battle that I have had the chance to watch him in, and his demeanor is contageous. This is the ultimate teammate who goes to battle, has a big heart and will watch your back at all times.

When FloridaKids.us recruiting analyst Charles Fishbein rated Deas at the No. 5 spot in his Pre-Spring Top 100, Deas fired back to Fishbein: "No. 5!," he said. "By the time September rolls around, I want to be No. 1."

Fishbein has hinted that with his performance since January, at camps and combines and in the spring game, he may elevate him to the first or second spot in the state.

"I have been doing combines with Scout.com across the country this spring," Fishbein said. "I have not seen anyone who comes close to what Charles brings to the table. He is also a great and fun young man to be around."

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: If he is to stay on the defensive side of the ball, and with his strength, quickness and athletic ability, I see no reason why he shouldn't, his weight will become a problem.

While he is dominating the talent right now, college coaches have hinted that at the next level, his weight could be a problem with offensive linemen with equal strength and physical ability wearing him down during the course of a game.

Other than that, Deas has very few flaws. He plays the run well, shedding blockers with ease. As a pass rusher, double-teaming him is a must!

OVERALL: As I travel to many camps and combines, I have the pleasure of meeting people who always have nice things to say and are always upbeat.

Charles Deas has not had the easiest life, growing up, and for that reason alone, and the very fact that many blame him for Dillard not making it into the playoffs a year ago, his smile and enthusiasm is quite refreshing for someone who wants to be the best, and will not stop until he is!

COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: Among the schools on the star-quality player include Georgia, LSU, Auburn and Florida out of the Southeastern Conference, Miami and FSU from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the two-time defending national champion USC Trojans.

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