2011 Target: LB Trey DePriest

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Springfield (OH) linebacker recruit Trey DePriest heads into his junior season having enjoyed nice recruiting success this off-season.

“The schools that have offered are Cincinnati, Michigan, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma. Ohio State called and said he will have an official offer on September 1st and so did Alabama,” said Springfield defensive coordinator John Cupps.

The 6-2, 220-pound DePriest started as a freshman on Springfield South High School’s varsity football squad. Springfield South and Springfield North joined this past year, becoming Springfield, but DePriest maintained his role as a starting linebacker in Coach Cupps’ defense.

DePriest, who also saw action in the offensive backfield last season in Springfield’s Wildcat formation, has earned big-time respect from opposing coaches for his defensive prowess.

“His money is still made on the defensive side of the ball,” Cupps said of DePriest, who will see an expanded role on offense in 2009. “We had a linebacker last year named Austin Moore. He signed with Miami of Ohio. Trey played on the other side. Teams ran more at the MAC kid than they did Trey. It was about two out of three. We’re going to put him more in the middle this year so he can run around and make plays.

“He is obviously our best player in football. He leads by example, but he will get up on kids. He is a good kid. He works hard, listens, and he’s coachable. I’ve even benched Trey when he isn’t playing as well as he can and he even handled that fine. Kids see that.”

DePriest is a 3-sport standout at Springfield, but football is where he’ll play in college.

“I was the defensive coordinator at Springfield South varsity and started him as a freshman,” Cupps said. “He started in basketball and baseball as a freshman. He has started in every sport he has played.”

Coach Cupps is well aware of Virginia Tech’s defensive reputation. In fact, he says his defense is “modeled after Virginia Tech’s. I teach the same techniques they teach. I went to a clinic and took a lot from that.”

Helping out his standout linebacker, Coach Cupps sent film to the five defensive coordinators he feels run the best defenses in the country. The schools represented included Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, USC and Virginia Tech.

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