December 15, 2011

JUCO DB ready to enroll at Alabama

Deion Belue committed to the University of Alabama over two years ago, but his plans to enroll and suit up for the Crimson Tide were derailed, as grade issues forced him to land at Northeast Mississippi Community College his freshman year.

After two years at the Mississippi junior college, Belue finished his last final exam Wednesday night, and he's once again ready to enroll at Alabama. The former Tide commitment is now waiting on word from the UA coaching staff before he prepares to move to Tuscaloosa and begin school in January.

"I'm still planning on enrolling in January, but I'm just waiting on the phone call from Alabama," Belue said. "They are just waiting on my transcript and everything to get it all processed."

The Crimson Tide staff has stayed in contact with Belue, talking almost every week. UA assistant coach Mike Groh called the Alabama native Monday to give words of encouragement and tell him 'to finish strong.'

The defensive back now wants to get to Tuscaloosa where he can begin to learn and improve under Alabama coach Nick Saban.

"I committed to them out of high school, and I've just been ready to work with Coach Saban to see how much better I can get," Belue said.

In high school, Belue played all over the field for Deshler, but Alabama wanted him primarily at cornerback. That sentiment hasn't changed. UA likes his size and could lose up to three players at the position, giving Belue the chance to play early.

"I just like to guard wide receivers," he said. "I have nice range. I'm 6-foot, and I have long arms, so I think I have a chance to guard any receiver I face. I'm just going to go in and fight for a spot, and from there, it's whatever happens."

Belue also made an impact in the return game for NEMCC this year with 691 return yards and two touchdowns. He says Alabama has expressed interested in that part of his game as well.

As a sophomore, Belue earned NJCAA All-American honors and helped his team reach the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade.

"As a team, we made it to the playoffs, and they had not made it to the playoffs in probably seven or eight years," Belue said. "On my behalf, I had a good season. I really didn't get as much action as I like, but I was happy with it."

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.








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