2014 Intro: Deshaywn Middleton
Deshaywn Middleton
Posted Jun 30, 2012
Michael B. Clark

The 2014 class of college football prospects in North Carolina continues to look stronger and stronger. Parkland High (Winston Salem, N.C.) defensive tackle Deshaywn Middleton is one of the state’s best.

Deshaywn Middleton has seen his stock rise over the past few months. During the spring evaluation period the 6-foot-2, 295-pound defensive tackle picked up five scholarship offers and numerous other schools inquired about him.

“Everything is going real well,” said Middleton. “I have just been working out and staying in shape. Right now, I have offers from Elon, East Carolina, Appalachian State, The Citadel, and Old Dominion. I am also hearing from Wake Forest, North Carolina, Virginia, N.C. State, Ohio State, and Auburn.”

Middleton is keeping all his options open.

“I am pretty wide open to all schools,” he said. “I am just looking forward visiting some schools and seeing some games this fall. I also really want to see some campuses and how good the medical programs are, because I want to be a pediatrician.”

The defensive lineman has been to camps at N.C. State and Elon this summer. He will possibly take a few more trips before his football season starts.

“North Carolina is the only visit I have set up, “said Middleton. “I am going up there on July 20, but I am also hoping I can visit Virginia –probably towards the end of the summer. I will also probably go to games at both places this fall,” Middleton said.

One coach has really impressed Middleton.

My high school coach retired this year and Virginia’s defensive line coach (Jeff) Hanson really reminds me of him,” he said. “He has really taken a personal interest in me and talks to me like he is already my coach.”

Middleton knows his strengths as a player, but has also been working hard to improve.

“I come off the ball hard and put a lot of pressure on the offensive lineman,” he said. “During the offseason, I have been working on getting off the ball faster, using my hands, staying low, and being more flexible.”

He knows what he is looking for in a football program at the next level.

“I want to go somewhere that has a head coach who is a good leader, “said Middleton. “I am looking for a great program and a great atmosphere.”

Middleton bench presses 300 pounds, squats 405, and runs the 40-yard dash 5 seconds flat.

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