It’s not WHO has offered DePriest, it’s who HASN’T…


Springfield junior Trey DePriest has offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma and others. (Photo by Stephanie Porter)

Springfield High School junior linebacker Trey DePriest already has a host of
scholarship offers including Alabama,
Cincinnati, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma,
Pittsburgh, Stanford, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Does he have a favorite?


Springfield High School linebacker Trey DePriest is considered one of Ohio’s top juniors in the 2011 class.

6-1, 218-pound DePriest was in Ann Arbor on Nov. 21 as Ohio State
wrapped up the regular season with a win over host Michigan.

was a good game,” DePriest said. “There were a lot of mistakes, but it
was real live up there. Michigan is a good school. They need to get out
of the hole they are in. They want me to come up and play early.”

DePriest attended three OSU games this fall as the Buckeyes hosted Navy, USC and Illinois.

atmosphere there is always really good,” he said. “It’s good to play in
front of that many people. (OSU assistant Luke) Fickell has been to my
school. I bumped into him.”

DePriest already has a host of
scholarship offers. Some of his top schools include Alabama,
Cincinnati, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma,
Pittsburgh, Stanford, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Notre Dame and Cincinnati, he has not talked to the new staffs at
either school because of the current dead period for recruiting
contact. Alabama is one of the most recent teams to offer and DePriest
may attend a junior day event there on Jan. 30.

“I can’t really say if I have a favorite,” DePriest said. “I haven’t taken any visits. I want to wait and take official visits.

want to go somewhere where I can contribute early. I am looking for a
place with good academics and a good campus. I want to be somewhere
where if I get hurt, I would be at a school that I would want to stay

DePriest helped lead Springfield to a 6-5 record and a
Division I playoff berth. He was a standout at linebacker and running

On defense, he had 101 tackles, seven sacks, 10
tackles-for-loss and three fumble recoveries. Offensively, he tallied
812 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns.

“I played everywhere,”
DePriest said. “I even kicked the ball. I feel like I have good
football instincts. I think I am football smart. I’m just natural.”

is headed to Orlando Thursday to participate in the Under Armour
All-American Game junior combine. He has already been selected to play
in next year’s Under Armour game.

“That is pretty sweet to already be selected for that game,” said DePriest, who has a 3.1 and has scored an 18 on the ACT.



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