It happens all the time. A player has an offer from a D-1 school and he gets hurt before he signs his letter-of-intent and that school has to move on. Such is the case for current Los Angeles Harbor OL Demetrius Amos (6-1, 287) who was ready to sign with Colorado State before a knee injury fouled up his plans.
"It wasn't a tear or anything, but I had a nagging tissue problem in one of my knees," Amos told JCFootball.com recently. "I had it scoped over the summer and had to rehab it until the second week of the season, but I'm ok to play now and I've had a pretty good year so far."
Amos played offensive line, defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker and even some fullback at Paramount High School in 2005. He had 66 tackles, three sacks and two blocked field goals his senior year.
Now the impressive athlete – who claims a 4.8 forty time and a 380-pound bench – plays at left tackle for Harbor.
"I prefer to play defense really," Amos admitted. "I'm playing left tackle now and it's sort of ‘a learning on the job' thing. I'm good at pass-blocking because if a player tries to use his speed to get past me it won't happen. Then on run-blocking, I like getting into my guy and riding him out of the play. I like abusing people on those plays."
Amos hasn't heard from a lot of schools at this point, but he's hoping to get his film out over the next few weeks.
"I qualified out of high school so I can leave anytime I want," Amos said. "I haven't heard from a lot of schools, but we're getting my tape together now and I'll hopefully hear some things soon."
At just 18, Amos won't turn 19 until January, Amos is still growing and wherever he ends up playing he'll have four years to play three if he receives the offer he's looking for.
"I want to play in the Pac 10 if I can," Amos said. "If not, the WAC anywhere else is fine. I just want a chance to play and to go D-1."
Wherever Amos ends up, he plans to major in Criminal Justice when he gets there.