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I’ve had the opportunity to see Naperville Central’s 2018 RB/WR AJ Deinhart multiple times and came away impressed each and every time. We talked schools showing serious in him, his busy summer camp schedule and his work at Fit Speed Athletic Performance in Naperville.
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 185 lbs
LPI: What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason? Are you playing any other sports?
AD: This off-season I have been working a lot at Fit Speed Naperville with our receiver coach Kofi Hughes. He is an amazing trainer and role model. The main focus has been on speed and strength. As a team we have also been doing many off-season workouts including lifting and throwing which have been very beneficial for all our players.
LPI: You currently don’t have any offers, but I believe you have what it takes to play at the next level. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
AD: I believe that I bring a lot of leadership to my team in whatever I do. Athletically, I can play multiple positions and am willing to adapt to whatever is asked of me. As a running back I am very elusive and hard to bring down. I also take a lot of pride in my field vision.
LPI: Which schools have shown serious interest in you?
AD: Holy Cross and Fordham have been showing a lot interest lately. I have also been contact with Western Michigan, Drake, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois and recently Butler.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits or camps/showcases set?
AD: I have been to Western Michigan twice and loved the overall experience I had there. Other visits that I have taken are Drake, Illinois State and Miami of Ohio. I am planning on camping at Northwestern, Fordham, Holy Cross, Drake and a few other local satellite camps.
LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership or go the extra mile for your teammates?
AD: I am always pushing my teammates to be nothing less than great. I know that they all have amazing potential and we all share the common goal of winning a state title which won’t come without hard work and dedication. Off the field, I really have been trying to get more involved with the community, mainly through the Adapted PE program. This off-season I have often organized our teammates to go run routes or do some type of conditioning together. We all know we want to be great, and with hard work we will be great as a team.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
AD: There are so many players on my team that have the ability to play at the next level.
Luke Hallstrom – Shouldn’t go over looked, this kid is a beast and deserves to have many offers. I am very lucky to be able to run behind him. He has a crazy drive and is the smartest lineman that I have ever been around.
Ethan Allgauer – Should have a breakout year. He didn’t really get the chance to play a whole lot as a junior, but he has the best hands I have ever seen and runs very crisp routes.
Braden Lindmark – Is another kid that could play at the next level. He’s going to play safety for us this year. He’s very long and a good coverage guy, but not afraid to come up and make a tackle.
Tommy Coyne – I could go on and on, but the last kid I’ll mention is Tommy. He is a freak of nature athlete and I’m pretty sure every college coach that comes in tries to talk him out of lacrosse to get him to consider playing football in college.