Tenn. OL Looking For First Offer

Learn more about Deonte Cruse, 6-2, 280 pound offensive linemen from Murfreesboro-Siegel (Tenn.) and his expectations for the 2008 season. Cruse talks about his prospects and the schools giving him the most attention.

Deonte Cruse hopes to be a big force for his team this season. He is receiving a lot of interests from schools like, "Georgia Tech, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee and Western Kentucky." He reported, "I've been to Georgia Tech, Middle Tennessee, Louisville, and Western Kentucky."

The hometown school, Middle Tennessee, seems to have left an impression on Cruse. He explained, "It's close to home. I met most of the coaches and they were very nice. There was an instant connection. I like the field and all the history of the school behind it."

Cruse said, "With Western Kentucky I like everything about it with the new facilities coming along with the other side of the stadium. My father used to play for the coach at Western Kentucky and so we have a good relationship."

Louisville is a school that has shown a lot of interest and really caught his eye. He commented, "When I went to visit Louisville everything there was like, wow! The coaches are very cool and they are really into the players academics. They are doing new renovations to their stadium. They have pretty good facilities with their weight room and locker room. I was impressed by the weight room and everything, it was amazing!"

He is also receiving interest from the ACC. Cruse said, "When I was at Georgia Tech it felt like I was in an NFL stadium. The locker room was amazing. They have a great program with a lot of NFL prospects. I got to go in the practice facility and everything was nice. It was excellent and is probably the best I've seen so far."

Another schools showing him some interest as a possible defensive lineman is Tennessee. Cruse explained, "The University of Tennessee wants me to play defensive tackle. Most of the schools want me to play offensive guard."

Although he has not heard much from LSU he hopes to catch their attention. He explained, "I am actually going to LSU on July 19th to a camp. I actually got a questionnaire and I sent that in not too long ago. That's my childhood favorite team and I want to see what it's like."

Cruse reported his strengths, "My strengths are speed, being able to recognize a defense in front of me, run blocking and footwork." He added, "I could work on my pass blocking."

The 2008 season looks to be a better season for Cruse and his Siegel teammates. He commented, "We are going to be ready by August. We will probably get into the playoffs this year. Our biggest game is the first game of the season against the Smyrna Bulldogs, the defending state champions."

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