Pressley to Narrow List Soon

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Dudley High School (Greensboro, NC) defensive tackle DeMario Pressley has yet to narrow his list of schools. Fans across the country may not have to wait too much longer, however, as he plans on determining his official visits soon after his senior season.

“After the season is over, me and my coach [Victor Floyd] are going to sit down and set up my visits,” said Pressley. “I’m going to wait to think about my visits until then.”

The 6-4, 290 pound Pressley is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the 2004 class. He has over 30 scholarship offers, and narrowing the list of schools to five will be a tough chore.

DeMario was able to name off some schools that he is considering at this point.

“I don’t really have any favorites right now,” said Pressley. “The schools I’m considering are UNC, NC State, Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Clemson, and probably some more. There are a lot of schools I’m still thinking about.”

Several factors will help Pressley narrow his list.

“I’m looking for a strong team…a fundamentally sound team that plays as one,” said Pressley. “I want the coaches to be firm with the players. I want the coach I have to be a role model for his team.”

Pressley acknowledges that he enjoys speaking with so many coaches on a daily basis. With his relationship with the coaching staff such a priority, he noted which coaches stand out above the rest at this point.

“I really get along with the Florida State coaches and the UNC coaches,” said Pressley. “I like Coach [Randy] Shannon from Miami, as well as Coach [Mike] Stoops from Oklahoma. I like the Oklahoma State coaches as well.”

Location “will not be a factor” according to Pressley, who is comfortable with going out-of-state. The decisions of teammates Jamaal Edwards (FSU Commit) and Martel Thatch (UNC Commit) will also have no influence on his decision.

“I need to choose the school that’s best for me,” said Pressley. “I’m going to make my own decision.”

This season, Pressley has helped Dudley to a 7-4 record and a berth in the playoffs. Teams often double team or run away from the star defensive tackle, who has the speed to pursue and chase down runners.