Deleone expects big things in 2008

Being ranked the number one JC defensive end in the country is nothing to take for granted and Orange Coast DE Dean DeLeone (6-3, 250) has been hard at work this offseason. He's set goals for himself and he hopes a big sophomore season results in more recruiting attention in the near future.

"It's been busy," DeLeone told recently. "I'm in the gym six days a week working on my strength and stuff like that.

"I haven't really set a goal for myself, but I really want to get more sacks and be in on more plays this fall."

Last year, as a freshman, DeLeone was in on plenty of plays. He managed to wrack up an amazing 85 tackles to go along with four sacks, 16 tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble from his defensive end spot.

He was expecting to move back to linebacker, but the coaches have told him they are going to keep him at end.

"At first I wasn't real happy about it, but honestly I think it will be a lot of fun," DeLeone said. "I've been there a year so I feel more comfortable and I want to win so I'll play wherever the coaches think I can help us the most."

On the recruiting front, things have been a bit on the slow side, but they've been picking up as of late.

"I talked to Kansas State today actually," DeLeone said. "They've been after me for a little while and Duke called and the Cal coach called, but I haven't been able to catch up with him yet."

Oregon, Arizona and San Diego State have also been early suitors for DeLeone as well.

DeLeone will graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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