Not much has been heard from Rivals250 defensive tackle Charles Deas since before the football season started. Rivals tracked down the 6-foot-4, 320-pounder who transferred from Boyd Anderson to Dillard in the offseason to improve his grades.
"He didn't play this year as he's working on his academic situation," said Dillard head coach Mark James. "He's increasing his grades and this term he got a 3.0 GPA. He's putting it together to get himself ready for college.
"Charles continues to work out in the weight room and practice and has bulked up even more. He's definitely improved on his speed and strength this season."
On the recruiting front, the four-star prospect has five schools he's looking at for official visits.
"He's looking at Nebraska, LSU, Georgia, Auburn and I'd put Florida State in there too," he said. "All of the schools still have offers on the table. I know Charles is looking for the best situation athletically and academically."
So far Deas hasn't confirmed any official visits, although one was previously scheduled for this weekend. Is the No. 10 defensive tackle still planning on going?
"I know he's going to Nebraska this weekend, but I'm not sure if it's actually going to be an official or not."
It's never too early to keep an eye on future talent including Dillard's 2007 linebacker stud Harrison Torter.
"Harrison has a good nose for the football," he said. "He's also a good tackler and a team captain. I think him being a captain says it all. Over the past year, he's really improved on reading schemes and is a lot more mature."
Torter has been receiving mail from Rutgers so far.
The 6-foot-0, 195-pounder has recorded 103 tackles, seven sacks and an interception this season.