A 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end with wide receiver speed is sure to create mismatches for opposing defenses, and that’s why several FBS programs and pursuing Northeastern Oklahoma A&M’s Mik’Quan Deane.
“My top five right now would be East Carolina, South Florida, Central Florida, Arizona State and Syracuse,” Deane told Today’s U.
— Mik'Quan Deane (@Mikequandeane) October 24, 2016
“They told me if they’re going against a team going straight man and I get lined up with a linebacker then I will do what I’ve been doing and just go to work. They like my speed and I can block if needed, they like how I set routes up on safeties and linebackers.”
In addition to those five schools, the 247Sports, 86 overall three-star also holds offers from Louisville, Nebraska, BYU, Pitt, Colorado State, New Mexico and UAB, but he feels the he could make more of an impact at any of the schools in his Top 5.
“All these schools are in need of a tight end really bad,” Deane said. “I’ve watched pretty much all five of those schools, they use a stand up tight end and a hand-down tight end in the game, so I feel like I would be a good fit for those teams. They’ve been keeping in touch with me a lot, pretty much weekly, so that’s a good thing for me.”
Deane, who ran track in high school, has been clocked as low as 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, he said.
“Two springs ago,” Deane said. “My senior year I ran track and got my form right and kind of carried that over to when I got here at NEO. One of my old coaches that was here helped me out on my start off when I ran my 40.”
So far this season, Deane has caught 16 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns, but that’s not all he’s done to help his team this year.
“I play every special teams, I work hard on special teams so that separates me from all the other tight ends, I work my butt off on each and every special teams, I take pride in playing special teams,” Deane said.
Deane took an unofficial visit to Arizona State over the summer and came away impressed with everything. So far, that’s the only place he’s been, but this weekend he’s looking to get back on the road and evaluate more schools.
“So I got the three right now,” Deane said. “I’ve got East Carolina this weekend, Oct. 28, then I got UCF Nov. 19 and then I have South Florida, which is Dec. 9. Yeah, I’ve been talking to (Arizona State and Syracuse) lately, we’ve been trying to get stuff worked out to set up a visit, but that’s in my plans too.
Whenever Deane makes his rounds, there are three key factors he will be using to compare each school.
“I’m kind of looking for academics to see how many junior college kids they graduate in general and pretty much a good relationship with the coaches and the guys on the team,” Deane said.
The three-star redshirted his first year at NEO and will have two years to play two at whichever school he signs with.
“I’m graduating this December and I’ll be choosing where I go pretty much when I get done with my last final, probably around Dec. 13 or 15 or so,” Deane said. “I want to take all of my visits before I commit.
“I’m going to try to take all five, but if not then I want to try to make something happen. If possible, I will try to make all five happen, but if not then I will try to pray about it and base my decision off where my heart is. It just mainly depends, I feel like it could definitely happen before signing day, or the day of signing day.”
New offers could potentially shake up Deane’s recruitment, as he’s recently found his way onto the radar of more Power 5 programs.
“Florida State called my coaches and kind of talked to them about me and Minnesota,” Deane said. “I’ve been getting letters from Auburn, but I haven’t really heard anything from them, and Temple.
“It just mainly depends on how close I get with the coaches, but it’s a possibility (they crack my top five).”