Covaughn Deboskie, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound running back from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz., has written scholarship offers from Stanford, Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona, Illinois, Arizona State, Navy and Michigan. He says he favors the Bruins, the Cardinal and the Wolverines, followed by the Sun Devils and the Wildcats.
"UCLA, Stanford and Michigan are pretty much even right now," Deboskie said. "My ideal situation is a school with a great business program. That's really important. Unity and tradition are really important too. I want a team that's doesn't just center around one player.
"I like Stanford because of, one, the education. I know they really need running backs too. And I'd like to go somewhere I'd have the chance to play early. I haven't been there yet, but I'm going up there for a camp on May 19. I also like that Stanford is part of the Pac-10 and like all the teams in the Pac-10, they are always a contender.
"I really like UCLA too," said Deboskie, who ended his junior season with 1304 rushing yards, 22 touchdowns, 414 receiving yards and two more scores. "They offered me at the beginning of March. I went there for their junior day and it really felt good. I felt really comfortable. I got a chance to get to know Coach (Karl) Dorrell a little bit and really liked his style. I've been talking with Coach (Dino) Babers (running backs/recruiting coordinator) and really like him. He's just a great all-around guy.
"Michigan is just the monster of football, such a huge program," he said. "How can you not like them? I know they're going to need '08 running backs since they're losing (Mike) Hart next year.
"I was shocked when Michigan offered me. I had sent them my highlight tape, then I got a message to call Coach (Fred) Jackson. He told me that Coach (Ron) English just saw three plays on my tape and told him to offer me. I couldn't believe it! It's like when you try to get a girl's number, not thinking you will and she gives it to you. Wow!
"I'm planning on taking an official (trip) for sure to Michigan and hopefully an unofficial on June 23," Deboskie said. "I want to see the campus and just get a feeling for the place. The only thing I'm concerned about is the winters there. I'm from Arizona and it doesn't get cold here."
Deboskie, who claims to run a 4.45 forty, said in-state Arizona and Arizona State are still very much in the mix for him. "I really like ASU. I think they are recruiting me the hardest. I've been to a lot of their practices and know the school really well. It's about ten miles from my house. I talk to them the most too…almost everyday. They really need running backs too. I don't think they've gotten any this year yet.
"I like Arizona too," Deboskie said. "I went to the UCLA game there and really had a great time. The only thing is that right now they are a more pass-oriented offense. But I am keeping my options open. So we'll see."
Deboskie, who plans on committing mid-season, said the Florida Gators have also started showing a lot of interest as of late. "I've talk to their running back coach (Stan Drayton) a few times. He said that they really liked what they saw on my tape and want me to come out for their spring practice. It would be great to see an offer from them. I want to learn more about their academics though.
"My favorite college is Texas, but I haven't talked to them at all," said Deboskie, "I don't plan on getting an offer from them and that's okay. I think my biggest strength is my drive. When it's 3rd and 3, I'm looking to get that first down and I know I will.
"I need to work on my upper body strength," said Deboskie, who benches 235 pounds and squats 375. "I want to also work on making my cuts faster so I can cut in on my drives better."
Deboskie reports a 4.16 core GPA and a 1380 SAT.