July 9, 2009

Dequan Menzie making a name for himself

Copiah-Lincoln Community College cornerback Dequan Menzie is possibly the top junior college cornerback in the Southeast.

The 6-foot-0, 185-pounder originally from Columbus, Ga., already has four Southeastern Conference offers. BulldogBlitz recently caught up with Co-Lin defensive coordinator Brett Shufelt to find out what makes Menzie so special.

"They call him 'Jumping Jack' because he has the ability to levitate," Shufelt said. "He's got an amazing gift as far as ball skills being able to adjust mid-flight. The things that propelled him when he came here was that we play a lot of man-to-man cover. I think he really jumped into that and learned how to play man cover. He knows full well that's what it takes to go to the next level so he really bought into what we were trying to teach. Just to see him progress and get better is special. You take such a great athlete and teach him some technique along with his determination and you've really got something. It's amazing to watch him practice."

Menzie had a tremendous freshman season for Co-Lin making 28 tackles (15 solo, 13 assists), one tackle for loss, five interceptions, breaking up nine passes and also causing a fumble.

Menzie came to the Magnolia State after failing to qualify academically out of high school. He had a stellar career at Carver High School leading his team to the Class AAA State Championship and earning first-team All-State honors by The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"He's looking for a school that could academically help him get right," Shufelt said. "He got behind the curve in high school on some things. He came here working in our vocational program and got his GED or high school equivalency done and then entered academics and has been doing really well."

Menzie currently has offers from Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.

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