Arizona hasn't been a recruiting hotbed for running backs in recent years, but this year there are several backs who have already received D-I offers. Perhaps the best of the lot out of a talented group from the Grand Canyon State is Covaughn Deboskie (6-0, 194, 4.48) from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton.
As a junior, Deboskie rushed for 1,304 yards on only 151 carries, averaging of 8.6 yards per carry with 22 touchdowns and as a receiver he had 12 catches for 434 yards with 2 touchdowns, with an amazing average of 29.6 yards per catch.
On the recruiting front, Deboskie lists six schools that are in the running for his services, Cal, Stanford, Arizona State, Florida, Alabama and Georgia Tech. All have offered, but he would like more interest from USC, Miami, and Florida State. The latter three have yet to offer.
Does Deboskie have a childhood favorite?
"Texas, I've always like Texas," Deboskie said. "And I have family that lives there."
Distance will not be a factor into his decision.
"Nope, I have family all over the country". Deboskie said. "I'll sit down with my parents and look at the pros and cons of each school, to determine a college."
As for his personal goals, Deboskie wants to rush for 2,000 yards, with 30 touchdowns and wants to be rated the number one running back in the country, even though he will have to battle Darrell Scott for that title. As for his team goals, he wants to win another state title, which Deboskie and his Hamilton teammates did last year.
Deboskie hasn't set up any official visits yet, but he will be going on an unofficial soon.
"I'm going on an unofficial visit to Cal on September 1st, when they play against Tennessee," Deboskie said. "I want to take an official visits to Alabama, Florida and Georgia Tech."
What will play a major role in Deboskie's college decision?
"Playing time, academics, coaches and the players".
Deboskie plans on majoring in business and minor in law, wants to own his own business and become a sports agent, after football.
Has Deboskie set a date for his decision?
"No, but I would like to do it on ESPN if possible," Deboskie said. "Or if I get invited to play at the All-American Army Game that would be a dream to play in".
When asked who he compares himself to, Deboskie had the following thing to say.
"I'm a combination of catching out of the backfield like Marshawn Lynch did at Cal, and my running style is like Adrian Peterson,," Deboskie said. "But I'm smaller than him. "
Deboskie is a member of the Rivals.com Rivals250 for the class of 2008 and Rivals.com rates his as the nation's No. 4 all-purpose back. He was also selected to the Rivals.com Arizona Top 20 team landing as the Grand Canyon State's No. 3 prospect at any position.