Shaker Heights (Ohio) athlete De'Niro Laster has already picked up his first scholarship offer, and now he is hoping to add to his list. The 6-3, 205-pound prospect is eyeing one particular offer with great interest.
"I am a strong lean to Ohio State, but Tennessee is showing a lot of interest, Alabama is showing a lot of interest and USC," Laster said. "If I were to get an Ohio State offer that would definitely speed up the process."
Laster has been in contact with Ohio State coaches since early in his sophomore season, and has received positive feedback with regard to an offer.
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"I wasn't able to make it to the Ohio State camp, but I talked to Coach Taver Johnson and he said I shouldn't worry, that the coaches are already impressed," Laster said.
Camps at Michigan State on July 12 and Alabama on July 17 are planned for later this month. Laster did attend West Virginia's camp last month and was told exactly what the Mountaineer coaching staff wanted to see out of him.
"They want to see me at safety, so I am going to try to play safety this year," Laster said. "They said by the first three games to be expecting an offer if I do well."
As a sophomore Laster lined up at wide receiver and outside linebacker for Shaker Heights, recording 40 receptions and six touchdowns on offense along with 65 tackles, six sacks and interception on defense. He is receiving interest for both sides of the football from different college coaches.
"From the West Coast schools I am starting to hear more about safety, but I can play wherever the coaches need me - wide receiver, safety, outside linebacker," Laster said.
Temple was the first school to offer Laster. He feels Syracuse, Bowling Green and Toledo are among the schools that could be next to offer. His Shaker Heights' teammate, Donovan Munger, is hearing from many of the same schools.
"Me and Donovan Munger are trying to be a package deal," Laster said. "That's like my brother and we just found out we are related. We have been talking about it, and we are being recruited from all the same colleges so we are probably going to end up at the same place."