Through two seasons at East Rutherford High in Forest City, N.C., 2019 four-star athlete Demetrius Mauney has done nothing but produce.
As a freshman on the varsity squad in 2015, Mauney (6-0, 180) rushed for 491 yards and five touchdowns while posting 74 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries on defense. As a sophomore last season, he tallied 989 rushing yards on 157 carries (6.3 average) and recorded 45 tackles, six tackles for loss, a sack and an interception defensively.
Mauney’s performance on the field has put him on the radar of major programs, including Clemson.
“I’ve gotten letters from them almost every single day,” Mauney told TCI.
Mauney has the talent to play on either side of the ball at the next level, but said Clemson and most schools view him as a versatile defender.
“When I first got on the radar I was looked at as a running back,” he said, “but as the years have gone by almost every college has begun to see me as more of a dual-threat defensive player with my body and frame, more as a strong safety.”
Mauney said interest from a few Power Five schools in particular has picked up recently.
“Virginia Tech is showing high interest. UNC, Ohio State and N.C. State are showing the most interest lately,” he said. “Most schools have said they love my effort, that I never give up on plays. They love my ability in coverage on wide receivers and tight ends. They love my eye for the ball and my instincts to break on passes and my aggressiveness as a player.”
Former Clemson defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks was Mauney’s primary recruiter prior to his retirement after last season. Defensive line coach Todd Bates is now heading Mauney’s recruitment.
Mauney was invited to and attended Clemson’s spring game in April. He also witnessed Clemson’s overtime win against N.C. State last October.
“The game-day atmosphere is crazy,” Mauney said. “Tiger Town is full of wild, pumped fans. It’s always an exciting game-day atmosphere in Tiger Town.”
Having experienced Death Valley, Mauney hopes to get back to Clemson and see more.
“I know the game-day atmosphere,” he said. “I want to see what it’s like at Clemson when it’s not game day.”
Mauney has visited North Carolina and Virginia Tech this summer. He planned to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp earlier this month but was unable to make it.
He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 8 prospect in North Carolina, No. 29 athlete and No. 254 overall prospect in the class of 2019.
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