July 16, 2007

Six for DeBoskie

Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton High School running back Covaughn DeBoskie, the No. 3 ranked prospect in the state and No. 13 recruit nationally at the position by Rivals.com, has set his sights on six colleges after extensive thought and research.

DeBoskie's list has been trimmed to Alabama, Arizona State, Cal, Clemson, Florida, and Stanford. Here are his thoughts on each school, as provided to ASUDevils.com on Monday, July 16.

On Alabama:

"Alabama is just a great football school. Even though they have had some off years or whatever, they are usually right up there. They usually really like to run the ball and coach Saban told me that they are looking for one style of a back this year and I fit the script for what they're looking for. I talk to coach Saban quite a bit. Where I work out, at Ikei Performance, I know a lot of people from Alabama."

On Arizona State:

"The thing I like about ASU is that they have a new coach in Dennis Erickson who seems to genuinely care about the well being of the players he recruits more than just how they are going to help the football team. He really cares about you as a student-athlete. He is aware of my GPA and he wants to me learn more about the Barrett Honors College. He's put in a lot of effort into my recruitment, both him and coach Stretz. Them [not signing a high school back in the 2007 class] is a big factor also."

On Cal:

"The thing I like about Cal is they offer a great education. They're the number one public school in the country. They also lost some premier running backs and they'll be losing one next year also so they'll have a young class of running backs so there will be an opportunity there. Coach Tedford is a great coach just like coach Erickson is. He is straightforward, completely honest and he just says the best will play and that's it, and I like that."

On Clemson:

"I like Clemson because when I become a freshman they'll have just C.J. Spiller pretty much and they showed me this last season they use their freshmen running backs because Spiller had like 900 yards rushing. Also I don't think they signed a running back in 2007. I just know that they give their freshmen plenty of opportunities for playing time, which would be good if I were to go there."

On Florida:

"Even though Florida won a national championship that doesn't mean anything to me because five years from now a lot of schools could win a national championship. The only thing that matters to me is I care about my schooling and I care about how my team is. At Florida they seem like they have a good prestige and the education is kind of up there. They show me a lot of love. Coach Meyer is texting me almost every other day, personal texts like asking me how I'm doing and things like that. I appreciate the way they're recruiting me."

On Stanford:

"Stanford, even though they were 1-10 last year or whatever, that still doesn't mean anything to me because a team can always rebuild. Coach Harbaugh is a very intelligent guy. He has a lot of heart and I can see it in him. He doesn't promise me anything either but he wants that championship. I know that it will take years before that can happen but he wants it and he's very competitive. It's a great education. I especially like coach Taggart, their running backs coach."

"I want to take visits to these schools and see how they are and then my decision will be pretty much set."

DeBoskie said that as of now, he plans to officially visit Alabama, Cal, Florida and Stanford. He is unsure if he will officially visit ASU, primarily due to its close proximity to home. He is also unsure if he will visit Clemson officially.

A decision is likely to come at some point in January or early February following these visits.

"I don't think I will decide around Signing Day," DeBoskie said. "I think it'll be sometime before then but I do want to see these schools first. I need to get a better feel for these schools in person and find out which one will benefit me the most for the future.

"I want to go somewhere were I know that my brother will have a fighting chance of getting in because I also want to see him succeed in life. I know coaches won't give him an offer because he hasn't done anything yet and he has to prove himself this year, but I definitely want somewhere he might have a chance of getting into."

DeBoskie said that distance from home will not be an issue.

"Actually my family is kind of small and the people I befriend, they're kind of my family so location isn't really going to be a factor," he said. "I know that wherever I go my family will come to see me play in a couple games. But all of the choices I have, I do have family there, either family or friends."

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