February 10, 2011

Alabama native nets Tide offer

The recruitment of Millen (GA) defensive end James Deloach is on the rise. The Jenkins County star has already received four offers from BCS programs, with two coming in the past few weeks.

"I have offers from Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida State," said Deloach. "I don't have any leaders right now- I'm open."

Deloach and highly sought after teammate Jonathan Taylor were recently offered over the phone by Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

"Alabama offered us the day after signing day," Deloach said. "It felt good to get that offer. I was actually born in Gadsden, Alabama. I moved when I was young- I was around the 3rd grade."

Could that bode well for the Tide?

"It might give them a little advantage, but not too much. It would maybe push them ahead a little if I had two schools tied, since that's where I was born."

With four offers in common, Deloach says he and Taylor are seriously entertaining the possibility of attending the same school.

"We are talking about playing together- we think that it would be great if we could go to the same school since we've been playing together for so long," he said. "We feed off of each other on the field."

Deloach was able to attend a number of college football games this season including the Iron Bowl, which left an indelible mark on the Peach State prospect.

"We went to a South Carolina-Georgia, Georgia Tech-Miami, Florida-Appalachian State, Alabama-Auburn, and Georgia-Georgia Tech," Deloach said. "The Alabama-Auburn game was the loudest. It was actually the loudest game I've ever been to."

Deloach has been able to showcase his versatility and athleticism in spite of an odd injury.

"James is very intense on the field. He's being recruited mostly as a defensive end and possibly as an outside linebacker candidate," said Jenkins County head coach Chuck Conley He's between 6'2 and 6'3 and weighs 262 pounds. He had a 39 inch vertical at a combine last spring or summer-which is pretty impressive. This past year, in game three, he broke his humerus, the upper bone in his arm. He's healed up quite nicely and is back in the weight room regaining his strength. He also has a B average in the classroom."

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