College of the Desert CB Deontae Florence (5-10, 175) had an outstanding 2011 football season,…
Late Addition To Bronco 2012 Class?
College of the Desert CB Deontae Florence (Tampa, FL) could be a late addition to the 2012 class as he just picked up an offer from Boise State this past week. The talented CB was lightly recruited out of Florida during his HS years, but it was never due to a lack of talent. He played out of position as a Safety, but flourished at CB during his two years in the JUCO ranks. "I haven't signed with Boise State yet, but they offered me on Tuesday afternoon," he said. "I plan on signing with them soon," he added. "I sent Coach Lake my film and he emailed me back," he stated. "That's when they started recruiting me. I did some research on Boise State and saw that they recruit more on talent and not size. The roster shows that they don't mind recruiting smaller corner's. I thought they would be a good fit." "I'll sign when they want me to," said Florence. "I plan on taking a visit up there within the next two week. If they want me to sign now, I'll do it. I think they might want me to come up there first and see everything." Florence spent his first year at Butte College where he redshirted and would have likely started at CB this past season, but a roommate situation led to him transferring to the College of the Desert. "I probably would have started at Butte, but I was living with three other roommates," he said. "They all decided to leave and I would've been stuck paying about $1,200 a month for rent. So, I had a friend and former HS teammate down at College of the Desert and he told me I should come down there...so I did." "I have three to play three." He went on to say that learning from new DBs Coach Jimmy Lake will be a valuable asset in terms of his development as a CB. "Coach Lake's experience will be a big benefit," said Florence. "He has coached at the highest level and knows what it takes. He can show me what that looks like and how I can get to that next level." It wasn't a lack of talent that kept Florence (5'10, 175, 4.43) from signing with a D-1 school out of HS, but simply the fact that he was playing out of position. "I was under the radar and got hurt my junior year," he said. "I played Safety as a senior and I was just learning the position. I was like 150 (pounds) at the time." "I'm good to go academically," he said. "I was qualified out of HS," he added. So, what can Bronco fans expect to see from Deontae Florence? "Scrappiness and attitude," he said. "I'm going to bring that down south swagger and I've become more of a student of the game." Assuming he signs with Boise State, he also held offers from Gardner Webb, Jackson State, Southeast Missouri State, and was beginning to garner interest from Ole Miss and other FBS schools. BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Deontae Florence.
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