December 11, 2008

DeLeone comments on Oregon

The Oregon Ducks have been busy on the junior college recruiting front, bringing in some of the most talented players in recent weeks and making a big impression. The latest visitor was a defensive end from Costa Mesa (Calif.) Orange Coast College, who says he will make a decision after this weekend.

Orange Coast defensive end Dean DeLeone is not your average junior college player, as he spent four years in the Coast Guard before pursuing his dream of playing football. The talented sophomore took a trip to Oregon last weekend and will visit Arizona State this weekend.

"I just got back from Oregon on an official trip," DeLeone said. "I am going to ASU this weekend."

DeLeone has offers from both Oregon and ASU and in addition has an offer from Portland State. He says it was tough not pulling the trigger and committing while in Eugene, but he wanted to see one more program before making a decision.

"I'll be ready to make a decision after this trip," DeLeone said. "It was tough to refrain from doing it because it was real tempting, but I wanted to take another trip to ASU so I would have something to compare it to."

DeLeone graduated from Park City High School (UT) in 2002 and spend four years in the Coast Guard after graduation. He is on track to transfer later this month with three years left to play two years of football at a program of his choice. DeLeone says Oregon is going to be tough to beat.

"I liked it a lot," DeLeone said. "It is going to be tough to beat. They have a great staff. The teams seems to have a great camaraderie. Everything up there is pretty spectacular."

DeLeone says the coaching staff paid him a visit this past week and are saying all the right things.

"Last week coach Bellotti and coach Gray came to meet with me," DeLeone said. "We talked for awhile and they told me what they expect from me. They want me to come in and be an every-down player right away."

DeLeone is 6-foot2, 245 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash around 4.45 seconds. He finished the season with 78 tackles, 15.5 tackles-for-loss, 9.5 sacks and five pass break-ups in 10 games for the Pirates in 2008.

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