July 20, 2007

Three-star DE lists IU in his top five

Offense and defense are two completely different forms of football.

Still, it's fairly commonplace for a player to make a switch to the other side of the ball. Tight ends can become defensive linemen; wide receivers can occasionally make good cornerbacks; and running backs sometimes have potential at linebacker.

But seldom do you hear about a quarterback switching to defense to, well, chase after other quarterbacks.

Anthony Mains, however, made that exact jump before the start of his junior season when he left his starting QB job to become a defensive end - a change he fully welcomed.

The 6-6, 207-pound Mains readily admits he wasn't the best signal-caller to grace the grid iron for his Naples' Golden Gate team. But he certainly redeemed himself during his junior year - his first as a DE.

College coaching staffs took notice as well. Currently, Mains boasts nine scholarship offers from major Division I programs: Indiana, Colorado, Louisville, West Virginia, UCF and Florida International, and most recently he says he's received pledges from Stanford, Vanderbilt and South Florida.

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