Dieudonne loves to play the game

A top performer at the Nor Cal JCFootball.com combine was Mendocino S Daniel Dieudonne (6-3, 212). The talented defensive back played his first season of organized football this past fall and he was one of the top safeties in northern California earning all-conference and all-state honors. With his talents, he's hoping D-1 schools will take note and give him a chance to play at the next level…

Dieudonne prepped at North Miami High School in Florida and didn't turn out for football until his senior season, however he was declared ineligible to play, so he never set foot on the gridiron in high school.

"I thought I wasn't going to play anymore, but then after I tried out for it and I really enjoyed it, I wanted to play again," Dieudonne told JCFootball.com. "Then when I found out I wasn't academically eligible, I was frustrated, but it taught me a lesson on what I needed to put as my priority."

After he graduated he expected to start his football career anew in Minnesota, but after heading up to the "Land of Lakes" he decided he would head to warmer climes and enrolled at Mendocino.

"I came here and really like it a lot," Dieudonne said. "It's been fun and I have good coaches and they helped me get ready for the season."

As a freshman in 2008, Dieudonne posted 53 tackles and seven interceptions from his free safety position.

"I break on the ball well, but I'm working hard on getting better instincts," Dieudonne admitted. "Because I haven't played since pop warner, I was pretty rusty, so it took me a little while to start reading things right and getting my angles down.

"But the coaches like to use me like a coach on the field because I can make sure we get the guys in the right defense if we're in a bad one and I picked things up pretty quickly."

On the recruiting front, Dieudonne doesn't currently have any offers and only three schools have been in contact with him so far, but he's hoping that picks up soon.

"Iowa State is the main school looking at me right now," Dieudonne said. "Sacramento State and San Jose State have also been talking to me, but right now that's about it."

At the Nor Cal JCFootball.com combine, Dieudonne had a solid outing, notching a 4.59 forty time, a 4.27 shuttle, a 29-inch vertical and 12 reps of 225 pounds on the bench.

He's on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to track Dieudonne's progress over the coming weeks and months and update news as it happens.

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