It's not WHO has offered DePriest, it's who HASN'T...
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.
The 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.
“It 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.
“The 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.
Regarding 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.
“I 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 at.”
DePriest helped lead Springfield to a 6-5 record and a Division I playoff berth. He was a standout at linebacker and running back.
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.”
DePriest 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.