Winston-Salem (N.C.) Parkland 2014 defensive tackle Deshaywn Middleton had been sitting on five offers for quite some time. However, in the past week, the 6-foot-2, 295-pounder pulled in his sixth offer, which was also his first from a BCS school.
"I got the offer on Wednesday, but I didn't get in town until Saturday," he said. "I found out NC State offered me, that's my sixth.
That's my first BCS offer."
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Not surprisingly, Middleton is excited about his most recent offer.
"It means a lot," he said. "Just to know that I'm actually on that type of level means a lot. It means I have the skills; I just still have a lot of work to do. All this hard work pays off on the field. To have a BCS offer is kind of major though. Now I want to be a leader and captain on my team and be ready to go ahead and have a great season."
Middleton was able to showcase his skills earlier this summer at the NC State camp.
I'm very happy that I got a big offer like that," he said. "It was surprising. I went to their camp and I just thought they lost interest in me. I remember visiting the first time and I met Coach Reed. He told me if I kept working hard they'd have an offer for me. That was his word and he kept his word. That goes a long way when a coach keeps his word."
Middleton's first five offers came from East Carolina, Appalachian State, The Citadel, Elon and Old Dominion. He also took a visit to North Carolina this past Friday for a camp.
"It went well," he said. "I won all my reps and talked to the defensive line coach and head coach. It went well. They said they'd keep in contact with me. They plan to talk to my coach and stop by my school when they can."