The Rivals Underclassmen Challenge on July 8 was an opportunity for Winston Salem (N.C.) Parkland class of 2014 defensive tackle DeShaywn Middleton to prove himself against some of the nation's best in his class, and now he will take the confidence built from that event into a college camp later this month.
"It was a great camp today and I enjoyed myself," Middleton said of the Underclassmen Challenge. "I didn't bend over and I kept up with the group. I had a lot of people talking and I had the coaches impressed, so I felt good about myself and the type of progress I made. I won most of my battles, so I feel good about that."
The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Middelton was named one of the top defensive line performers at the invitation-only event. He hopes to make the same type of impression when he heads to North Carolina's camp on July 20.
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"I am just going to go up there, do my best and have another great camp," Middleton said. "I have been having a lot of contact with them - probably every two weeks. We talk about my position, how they would use me and I let them know the type of progress I am making."
Middleton has already picked up scholarship offers from East Carolina, The Citadel, Elon, Appalachian State and Old Dominion. North Carolina and Virginia are the two schools that have not offered who are showing the most interest, and his coach has also started to receive mail from LSU inquiring about the rising junior.
"I do want to hear more from Virginia and Wake Forest. I want to stay kind of close so my parents can see me," Middleton said. "Some schools I do want to hear from that are big time are Oregon, Alabama, Auburn and schools like that."