Changing positions after 3 seasons is usually a tough transition for most players. That hasn't been the case for 2016 Lakewood S/LB Deondrae Cisse who's already hearing from a number of regional schools so far. We caught up with the 6'0 210 pound prospect to talk about his senior season, recruitment, and thoughts about what he'll look at when choosing a college.
Cisse caught us up to speed first about his senior season.
"I'm playing at outside linebacker now but I've played at defensive back or safety all three years before this one. I've been injured so I've only played 2.5 games but I have 27 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, a sack, and one pass deflection so far."
His play and potential have drawn plenty of regional schools thus far and he talked about his recruitment and some visits he's made already also.
"I'm hearing from Appalachian State, The Citadel, Navy, Presbyterian, Samford, Lenoir-Rhyne, North Greenville, Texas Christian, and Elon. I don't have any offers yet but they all recruit me very hard."
"I've visited Appalachian State, Elon, and Presbyterian so far. I loved App State because it felt just like home. The coaches all talked to me, toured me around, and made me feel like they wanted me to come there. Plus I really liked the facilities. At Elon I felt like they overlooked me and acted as if I wasn't there, plus the game environment made it seem like anybody was hyped. I really liked Presbyterian because all of the coaches talked to me, asked about me, and it's close to home."
Cisse says he was supposed to visit Appalachian State yesterday but had to cancel the visit for another date. He is also scheduled to visit Lenoir-Rhyne this coming Saturday. He says that most college coaches are recruiting him as a "nickel back hybrid safety."
When asked about the strengths of his game and what areas he's made the most improvements since the end of his junior season he had this to say, "My speed, ability to set the edge, using my hands, and ability to read plays are my biggest strengths. I'd say my strength, weight, and speed have improved the most since last year. Playing outside linebacker I'm more into the action than I was at safety but being in the film room and being able to read plays has benefited me the most."
The 2016 prospect also talked with us about what factors he'll consider the most when choosing a potential college.
"What really impacts my decision the most is my relationship with a coaching staff because if I don't have that I won't feel comfortable. Second it's about the education because I wanna go somewhere that when I leave I will be prepared for everyday life. There are more factors that you mentioned that will play a role in my decision as well."
The Lakewood prospect says there are still other schools out there that he'd love to hear more from in the near future and he shared that list of schools with us.
"I'd love to hear more from Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Charleston Southern, Furman, Charlotte, and North Carolina."
Despite his team's 0-5 record Cisse says there are goals he's set for his team and himself to finish the season.
"For my team I really want to rebound and shock people and lead my team to the playoffs and make a run. Personally I want to have 100+ tackles and go to the Shrine Bowl or North-South game."
We asked Cisse to compare his game to one particular player and he had this to share, "Earl Thomas because he can play with finesse and also come up and lay the wood. I believe that is the same thing that I can do."
Cisse reports a 3.32 core GPA and 4.09 overall GPA currently. He says he'll take both the ACT and SAT soon after scoring an 18 the first time on the ACT.
His efforts last season earned him Region VI-AAA All-Region honors.
He also had a message that he wanted to share with potential college coaches.
"I want college coaches to know that I'll give 110% everyday and I'll do anything to win and I really mean that. I will do good both on and off the field and will always give back to the community and be a true asset for my program."
(Cisse says that The Citadel came to visit him this past week and that TCU just started showing interest as well.)
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...DEONDRAE CISSE
Bench press: 300 pounds
Squat: 465 pounds
Power clean: 275 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.56 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.38 seconds
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