Three-star wide receiver De'Niro Laster has not had much time to visit college campuses in the last few months, as he has gone through a significant change in his high school career. With spring break arriving for the Cleveland area prospect, however, Laster has plans to be on the road.
"I'm going down to Ohio State on Monday with my coach, Shelton Gibson and Kyle Dodson," Laster said. "I will probably be visiting Kentucky and Cincinnati in the next week or two."
Dodson signed with Ohio State in the class of 2012, and Gibson was the first in-state junior to receive a scholarship offer from Urban Meyer after he took over as the Buckeye's head coach. Laster has yet to receive and offer from Ohio State, but has been recruited by the Big Ten program for several months.
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"I expect to go in there and maybe get some good news," Laster said. "I expect to have a great visit."
Laster does have an offer from Cincinnati, and has also received offers from MAC programs Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo and Toledo.
"I'm pretty close to Kentucky and Northern Illinois [offers]," Laster said. "Things are very serious [with Kentucky]. I think they are recruiting me as a linebacker, so they want to see how big I am in person."
The 6-3, 220-pound Laster has played both ways each of the last two seasons, and is receiving interest for both sides of the ball in college.
"Different schools like me at different positions," he said. "For instance, Michigan, likes me at receiver and I am going to be taking a visit there. A lot of Big Ten schools and SEC schools like me at tight end and outside linebacker, so it varies."
Laster expects to be playing wide receiver for Cleveland Heights High in the fall, after spending the first years of his high school career at Shaker Heights High. He moved into the Cleveland Heights school district two weeks ago.
"It was kind of unexpected, but you just have to live with the circumstances," Laster said. "I have been feeling welcomed by my new team and we have been working hard together because we're trying to make a run at state this year."
The move to Cleveland Heights will pair Laster with Gibson, a Rivals 250 prospect and the nation's 12th ranked wide receiver.
"We are very excited and we have real good chemistry," Laster said. "Our coach knows and we know that we have threats all over the field now. When you play us, we want you to figure out how to stop us because we can basically go anywhere."
The move has taken Laster away from his friend and former teammate Donovan Munger, a three-star defensive tackle prospect. The pair are hoping to reunite in college.
"Me and Donovan Munger still want to go to the same school," Laster said. 'He's more than a teammate… he's like my brother. Even though we don't go to the same school anymore, we're still trying to end up at the same college."