Covaughn Deboskie, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound four-star running back from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz., has 19 scholarship offers, with his latest coming from Alabama, California and Mississippi State.
He also has offers from Colorado State, Oregon, Oregon State, Clemson, Nebraska, Illinois, Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, Michigan, TCU, Georgia Tech, Florida, Washington State and UCLA. "But UCLA already has two running backs committed and that's all they are taking, so I'm not really looking at them anymore."
Deboskie, ranked No. 22 in the Southwest by Scout.com, said he favors Cal slightly over Stanford, Arizona State, Florida, Georgia Tech and Michigan. "I like Cal a lot," he said. "I like that they are upgrading their stadium and they have a really good offensive line core that is coming up. They also have good coaches that are great people."
The Bears, the Cardinal and Sun Devils are the only schools that Deboskie has visited thus far. "Stanford has the best overall academics," he said. "Also, if I went there I know could play as a freshman. I really like their running back coach (Willie Taggart) because he's young and hip like me. His motto is 'why be good, when you can be great.'"
Although Deboskie says he won't be attending any camps this summer, he does plan on taking several unofficial visits. "In July I'm gonna be going to visit Alabama, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Florida," he said. "I've never had a chance to check them out before and I'm especially excited about seeing Alabama. I heard their stadium holds like 108,000 and I want to see what that's like."
Michigan is another school with a large and impressive stadium, but Deboskie admits he doesn't know much about the Wolverines yet. "I haven't really developed a relationship with their coaches yet," he said. "Hopefully I'll be able to learn more about them. I want to have a good relationship with my coaches and I want to be part of a team with unity. I need to feel like I could be comfortable there for the next four to five years."
Deboskie says he prefers the city atmosphere, but insists that won't play a factor in his decision. "I'm going to college to get my degree and play football. The location doesn't matter."
Deboskie is also being recruited for track and says he may try to double-sport in college. He runs a 10.56 100m and a 21.70 200m.
He reports a 4.6 core GPA and a 1380 three-part SAT. "I'll retake the test on Oct. 6. When I took it the first time, I was very tired. I know I'll do much better the next time I take it. Stanford told me I'd need like an 1800 on the test."