December 11, 2009

Visit sealed decision for Deboef

Pennsylvania offensive lineman Jack Deboef took a slew of unofficial visits while he was being recruited, but it was his one official trip that sealed his fate.

After the 6-foot-8, 265-pound State College Area tackle visited West Lafayette in November, Purdue became the frontrunner. And earlier this week, Deboef made his top choice official, picking the Boilermakers over seven other offers, including Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.

"They stayed on him and showed a lot of interest," said State College coach Al Wolski, whose team is preparing for the state semifinals this week. "He had a really nice visit when he went out there for the Michigan State game. The players made him feel welcome and he felt it was a program that was moving in the right direction.

"I always like (players) to take several visits, if they have the opportunity, to get a little more input, then make a decision from there. But I think he had a really good visit and was kind of sold on it."

Deboef, who will be the first true offensive lineman to sign with Danny Hope in his two-year tenure at Purdue, certainly looks the part. But the three-star prospect's biggest asset, says Wolski, is that he's big and athletic.

"A lot of times you see kids that are above 6-6 and they're unathletic," he said, "they can't bend. But he's a kid who is athletic at 6-8 and can bend, has long arms. He has to get bigger and stronger … but he can definitely get to and carry 300 pounds."

As of now, Deboef is primarily being asked to run block, as that's the main mode of offense for State College Area, which takes on Cumberland Valley Saturday in the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs.

"He can be a pass-blocker because he's athletic and can move his feet really well," Wolski said, "and he's got the long reach too."

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