Appalachian State added a major piece to its 2017 recruiting class on Friday when Spencer (N.C.) North Rowan defensive end Zion DeBose made his pledge to the Mountaineers.
“The first time I went down there, it was nothing but love from coach (Mark) Ivey and the coaching staff,” DeBose told Today’s U. “I was even able to sit down with the head coach the first time. Since then, it’s been nothing but love from the coaching staff. It’s different at App, it’s a different feeling. A lot of coaches, I didn’t feel were that serious about me, but I felt that App was real serious about me.”
— M.E.E.T ! (@Zion_LifeGoesOn) July 22, 2016
The 247Sports, 86 overall three-star became the highest ranked member of Appalachian State’s 2017 class when he chose the Mountaineers over offers from North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, ECU and several others.
“App wasn’t the first school to offer, but they came along my sophomore year and offered me sometime after ECU” DeBose told Today’s U. “Since then, me and Coach Ivey have talked on Twitter a lot and built that relationship.
At the end of the day, the 6-foot-2, 226-pounder wanted to be at a place where he would feel most comfortable for the next four to five years and that’s what helped Appalachian State edge out some Power 5 programs for the speedy defensive end.
“I don’t think most schools were serious about me, not necessarily serious, but a lot of those schools hesitated to offer me because they weren’t sure if I was going to be a defensive end or outside linebacker so that really held them up,” DeBose said. “I didn’t really get looks from them or hear from there for a while, but at App, as soon as they saw my tape, they knew I was fit for their program. That’s what made me choose it, the fact that as soon as they saw me, I was a perfect fit for them.”
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— M.E.E.T ! (@Zion_LifeGoesOn) May 20, 2016
As a junior, DeBose registered 68 tackles, 33 tackles for losses, 4 ½ sacks, four forced fumbles and 31 quarterback hurries.
“They said they love my sped and my quickness, it fits their defense pretty well,” DeBose said. “Another thing, my grades, my character and they just felt like I was an overall good fit for the team, but mostly it was my quickness and my get-off. They like it and it fits their defensive scheme. That’s what they said the most that I would benefit to the team, and my pass rush ability, the way I can really get around the edge.”
DeBose joins Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy’s Deon Pate and Dillon (S.C.) High School’s Jermaine McDaniel among the group of defensive linemen pledged to the Mountaineers.
The three-star doesn’t expect anything to change with his recruitment and has no plans of checking out other schools at this time.
“As of now, I think this is where I want to go,” DeBose said. “I don’t plan on taking any other trips anytime soon, as of now I’m just focused on App.”