Dodge City's Statham Is A Wanted Man

After a stellar freshman season, Dodge City S Dreko Statham (6-1, 190) has become a wanted man, but even though offers continue to roll in for him, he maintains he's still planning to sign with the school he's committed to...

"Things have been going really well for me," Statham told recently. "I have offers from Georgia StateArkansas StateUABTroy and I just got an offer from Colorado State.

"I committed to Georgia State back at the end of June and it's a place I can see myself at for the next couple of years. My family is all pretty close there and it's a great school with the city of Atlanta right there for you to be. I just felt like it was the right place and that they are building something pretty good there.

"I am still planning to take my visits though, but I haven't really set any up at this point."

All of the interest comes from the fact that Statham has the requisite size and athleticism to be a very good safety at the next level, but also because of an outstanding freshman season that saw him lead his team with 12 pass breakups, rank second on his team with three interceptions and 92 tackles while also posting 6.5 tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

"I feel like I can either play as a centerfielder in the secondary or come downhill and support the run," Statham noted. "I have good footwork and I am able to break on the ball really well, so that helps me make plays when the ball is in the air, but I also love to come up and hit guys, get downhill and bring it."

This offseason, Statham has been working on the finer points of playing safety and said he feels he'll be even better this fall.

"I've focused a lot on the fundamentals the most," Statham said. "I want my footwork to be as good as it can be. I am also working on my eye discipline, reading my keys and watching film."

Statham was a sought-after prospect out of high school, but after a year of prep school, he was still unable to get qualified, so he decided to head to Dodge City to continue his football career while getting his academics in order.

"Dodge City was perfect for me," Statham said. "Great coaches and a great program and great competition every day in practice and every week on the field in games."

Statham is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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