One of the biggest keys to success for any college football program is having depth and there is no more important place for depth than along the offensive and defensive lines. One of the nation's top defensive lineman is Charles Deas from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard. Deas attended the NIKE combine at the University of Miami last weekend, where he put up numbers that can best be described as ridiculous.
"I have offers from Rutgers, Duke and Pittsburgh right now in writing," Deas said. "I am hearing from a lot of other schools though like Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Central Florida, South Florida, NC State, West Virginia, LSU, Tennessee, Michigan and a bunch more.
It's tough for Florida prospects to pass up offers from the three in-state powers, but Deas may take the road less traveled.
"Right now I am actually kind of looking to leave the state of Florida all together," Deas said. "I just want to get out and see something new. I'm looking at Pittsburgh, NC State, Rutgers and Michigan right now."
The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Deas posted an obscene 4.88 second 40-yard dash at the NIKE combine. He also ran the shuttle in 5 seconds and had a 21.5-inch vertical jump. He also has a 360-pound bench press and 340-pound squat.
"Like I said, one of the main things I am looking for is to get out of Florida," Deas said. "I would also like to play early wherever I go. One thing that is important to me is my academics and I want to go to a school that really places a focus on that. I'm not going to be putting going to the NFL above my education. I am really concentrated on doing that the right way and everything."
Rumors have been flying that Deas could be transferring out of Dillard and to Broward Christian. When asked about it, Deas stated that he was unsure about where he would be attending school next season.
"I don't think any early decisions or anything like that because I want to do all of my research and make sure that I have checked everything out," Deas said. "I want to look at facilities, majors and depth charts. I also want to be able to go to some games this fall to see the gameday atmosphere and what it is like to a player on the team. That's something that you will be doing for the next four years so you had better be sure to make the right decision."