Projected Position: Defensive end
Rivals: 3-star, No. 24 player in NC
247: 3-star, No. 28 player in NC
ESPN: 3-star, No. 14 player in NC
Other Power 5 offers: six
Zion DeBose camped at Virginia Tech over the summer, and he was told by the Tech coaches that they were interested but that they needed to see progression during his senior season.
That’s exactly what they got. DeBose turned himself into a grown man during his senior season and catapulted himself to near the top of Virginia Tech’s defensive end target board.
As a senior, DeBose racked up 85 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 20 sacks and 41 quarterback hurries. He’s from Spencer, NC., which is a “suburb” of Salisbury, which is just outside of Charlotte. The Hokies are going to be doing a lot of recruiting in that area in the Justin Fuente era and DeBose is a big pickup. Had he developed one year earlier, the Hokies would have had to beat out more prestigious schools than Pitt and Missouri to earn his services.
Though Tech was a bit late to the party with DeBose, once they did offer they recruited him as hard as anybody else in the class in the month leading up to Signing Day. Why? Let’s take a look at his film.
Quick first step: DeBose has a solid first step and he routinely gains an early advantage over offensive linemen.
Runs through tacklers: At the high school level, you see a lot of players who are more “drag down” tacklers, even highly rated recruits. That’s not the case with DeBose....
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