Monday, 30 January 2012

De'Niro Laster Interview

One of the fastest-rising prospects in the state of Ohio is 2013 Cleveland Shaker Heights athlete De'Niro Laster. As a sophomore, he recorded 65 tackles and six sacks at linebacker and tallied over 600 yards and six touchdowns as a receiver in 2010, according to Scout, and he's off to a strong start to his junior season. At around 6'3", 215 pounds and still growing, Laster has the versatilty to play outside linebacker and wide receiver. All four of the recruiting sites have him slotted in at wide receiver at the next level. De'Niro currently holds offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Duke, and Temple, and already has interest from schools such as Alabama, Indiana, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, Pitt, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

De'Niro Laster
*Courtesy of 24/7Sports
I was able to talk with De'Niro a few weeks ago and this is what he had to say:

SimplyComplex: How's your recruitment going? What schools have shown the most interest in you?

De'Niro Laster: My recruitment is going GREAT right now pretty much every school in the nation is recruiting me,as far as some of the individual teams that stand out are Michigan, Ohio State, USC, Tennessee,West Virginia,Wisconsin, LSU, Texas, Michigan State,Oregon, Louisville, Bowling Green, Syracuse, Boston College, Minnesota, Pitt, Indiana, Notre Dame, and Duke.

Simply: Do you have a leader at the moment? Any early favorites?

Laster: I have no current favorites,I'm just trying to enjoy the process as of now and stay humble.

Simply: Have you taken any visits to any colleges since your football season is over?

Laster: I haven't visited any school yet since the season but through the up coming months I plan to vist OSU, Michigan,West Virginia, Louisville and Cincinnati for now. I went to the Michigan showcase last winter and had an impressive day.

Simply: Which Michigan coaches have you been in contact with? What position are they recruiting you for?

Laster: I have talked with ,I think it was coach Jackson, I'm not sure but they said they liked me a lot and wanted me to send film ASAP. They are recruiting me as a WR but I like OLB more.

Simply: What kind of performance did your team and yourself have this football season? Your stats?

Laster: I had over 100 tackles 5 sacks 2 FF 2 blocked punts in eight games, 28 rec for over 600 yards and 2 TD. My team didn't do so well we went 2-8,.I had a great year and missed the last game because of a shoulder injury which is fine now.

Simply: You're a very versatile football player seeing as you can play both linebacker and wide receiver. Which position do you like more and which position do you see yourself playing in college?

Laster: Like my brother/friend Frank Clark, when he was getting recruited in HS he played wide receiver and excelled at it, but like he did, I believe I will play OLB in college.

Simply: What type of things are you looking for in a university?

Laster: In a university I'm looking at the type of environment that will make me the most comfortable.

Simply: What are your strengths at your respected positions?

Laster: My strengths are my size and speed combo 6'3 215 and 4.6 speed, I'm quick with a high football IQ, versatile and a leader.

Simply: There have been rumors that you and Donovan Munger are a package deal. Any truth to that?

Laster: Yes it is confirmed that me Donovon are a package deal .*

Simply: Do you have a timeline for when you'd like to make your decision?

Laster: I plan to commit before the season or on signing day.

*-Donovon Munger has been in contact with Michigan recently, so them coming as a package deal to Michigan is a real possibility.


  1. Davon,
    Nice article. It seems to me that UM is going after every WR in the county next year. Who are the kids UM is targeting the most?

    Sidenote: Jordan Payton is announcing tomorrow at 1:30. How many time has he announced 3 times.LOL

  2. First Part of your question:
    Robert Foster, Ahmad Fulwood, Marcell Ateman, Laster, Laquon Treadwell, James Onuwalua, and Jake Oliver.

    Payton will head to Washington imo.

    Did you see my reply about the NSD surprise?

    1. I seen your reply. You said your posting on it later tonight.

      Thanks for the list of WR.

      Payton will follow that one coach to the ends of the earth.

      I seen that Benji took down the commit profile on Henry. He is still going blue right?

    2. Okay, just wanted to make sure.

      I still think Henry will commit to Michigan, for real tomorrow. I wouldn't worry.

    3. Thanks.

      I know your busy. But I wanted to throw this at you. Can we get a list of UM needs and a list of UM leans for 2013. Maybe a week or two after NSD? Thanks for getting back to me and thanks for all the work you put in.

    4. Yeah no problem man . Happy to do it. Thanks for your support. Means a lot to me!

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