Sometimes recruits develop late and sometimes offers just come later than expected. Behind all of the stars and rankings there lies a football player wanting to get on the field, win and make a name for himself.
People get caught up in the rankings and hype surrounding recruiting and lose track of players with a lot of potential.
East Rutherford (N.C.) running back Demetrius Mauney has plenty of talent that has been somewhat skimmed over recently, but should start to see attention from several big schools once the 2018 recruiting cycle is finished.
Mauney, a 2019 prospect, visited North Carolina a couple weeks ago and said that “it was pretty good… a great home welcoming feeling like always.”
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound running back says the recruiting process has been somewhat difficult for him because schools haven’t quite been in contact with him this fall as much as he anticipated.
“I’ve only taken one visit a couple weeks ago at UNC it’s been very difficult,” he said. “I guess for coaches to know what to list me as so nobody has really jump out the me lately. I guess they are focusing on the 2018 fella coming, but hopefully an offer will show soon.”
UNC has been the primary school interested, but a prospect listed with the size and athleticism Mauney has, combined with the ranking that recruiting sites are giving him, it’s hard to see him going without an offer for much longer.
He told The Clemson Insider he would like to hear from Clemson and Virginia Tech more in the near future. There are several things about Clemson, UNC and Virginia Tech that all stand out to him.
“They all have great (academic) programs, high production on getting guys to the league and always have a family atmosphere at each of them,” he said.
Mauney’s decision will ultimately come down to whichever school goes after him the hardest.
“Honestly, it’s going to have a lot to do with who believed in me first, offers first and who gives the most effort to continue to know me personally,” he said.
Only time will tell who will go after Mauney, but it should not be much of a wait once National Signing Day passes by for that first offer.
Sometimes coaches just have to wait for what they are looking for in a player, and good things come to those who wait.