Harlan Talks Baylor!

TexasPrepInsider does High School Football like no one else, but we also do recruiting! TPI's Matt Stepp visits with Baylor's newest recruit in DL/TE Deantre Harlan from Everman.

Everman's Deantre Harlan has all season flown under the radar as a big time recruit but slowly but surely his stock has continued to rise and on Tuesday he got pulled the trigger after getting the offer he'd been waiting on.

"Yes today I committed to Baylor, last night Coach Hoeffer came to my house and I got the offer and I called and told him I wanted to be a Bear this morning," said the 6'5 245 pound DL/TE who also held offers from Colorado State, North Texas, UTEP, Buffalo and Tulsa. Harlan who played mostly on offense for Everman High which is just outside of Fort Worth was a major part of back to back Class 4A State Semi-Final teams. In 2007 Harlan spent most of his time playing WR catching 14 passes for 248 yards and 3 touchdowns earning second team all 8-4A honors for the Bulldogs who finished 14-1. In 2008 Harlan moved to TE for EHS who again finished 14-1 and he caught 11 passes for 282 yards and 4 touchdowns in Everman's run oriented offense. Deantre also spent time on the defensive line and made an impact putting up some solid defensive numbers.

The Everman senior will take an official visit to campus on Saturday, but he's been on campus several times for AAU basketball games. "Baylor is the school I've always wanted to go to, it's really a dream come true for me," says Harlan who plans on majoring in Sports Management. "I really like the location because I am away from home, but still close enough where my family can see me play or I can come home and get a home cooked meal!"

Deantre who's being recruited to play either DT, DE or maybe even TE, "They are saying I could play a number of positions," said Harlan who reports a forty time of 4.7. As for what Baylor brings to the table it starts with HC Art Briles, "Being at Everman I know all about the history with Stephenville and Coach Briles, it's going to be an honor to play for a coach like that. I think Coach Keeling (Everman HC) and my other coaches here have prepared me for college."

There's great upside to the Everman senior as 2008 was his first season playing full time on defense, "I think I'm still learning the in's and out's of playing on defense and I think I really can improve," said Harlan who is also tearing it up on the basketball court. The 6'5 forward is averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds a game for the 16-5 Bulldogs who are in second place in District 8-4A with their next game being tomorrow night at home against Arlington Seguin.

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