October 21, 2008
Positioning matters to Dang
Old habits die hard, but it is the offer of lining up as a wide receiver that will help college recruiters entice Jeremy Dang to their NCAA Division I college. The 6'2", 210-pound Dang currently holds offers from Montana State, Montana, Northern Arizona and Colorado State after a very successful season at Peoria (AZ) High.
Peoria is 6-0 this season and ranked third in their division, as well as 13th in the state. Individually, Dang has 16 receptions for 250 yards and eight touchdowns. While those numbers are down from a year ago, Dang said Peoria's dominant nature has more to do that then his own development, as Dang said his playing time is limited this season.
"I think I am doing a lot after the catch, but I don't have as many catches," Dang said. "We have been blowing teams out this year, so I haven't been playing a lot of the second half of games this year. I do feel faster this year and more aggressive after the catch."
Playing receiver is old hat for Dang, who said he isn't very interested in changing positions. Several schools have inquired about Dang's playing defense or even tight end. Dang said CSU quarterbacks coach Daren Wilkinson has been to Arizona to visit him, but is wants to know more about the program, as well as where the Rams want him to play in college.
"They (CSU) are recruiting me as an athlete," said Dang. "I don't know where they want me to play yet. I am still talking to their Coach. They are my biggest offer so far."
Northern Arizona has also caught Dang's eye.
"I like Coach St. Paul," Dang said. "They offered me as a receiver and that is a position I want to play in collge. I have been playing receiver since third grade and I want to stay a receiver in college."
Dang is also hearing from Boise State, Idaho, Arizona State, Southern Illinois and UNLV. He said he will wait until after the season to finalize his visit plans. He said he would like to make his college decision following the season, but before the Feb. signing day.
Dang should be able to qualify academically to any of the schools on his list thanks to a 3.85 GPA and a 22 ACT score. He also has a 4.5 40-yard dash time as well as a 345-pound bench press and squat of 475.
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