Following an Army AA Bowl tradition, Deboskie was interviewed on the sidelines with his family and asked which school he planned to attend.
The suspense continued, as Deboskie asked his young little sister to choose the hat for his school of choice but his younger sibling was momentarily baffled which hat to choose.
“This one?” she said, as she finally reached for the blue and gold Cal cap and Deboskie smiled broadly as he finally made public his commitment to the Bears.
The 4 star Deboskie remained a Cal recruiting priority over the past year plus as he displayed excellent vision, speed, athleticism and hands in the relatively limited opportunities he had to shine for Chandler’s perennial championship contender program as well as at Scout.com’s San Antonio and Los Angeles combines along with the Stanford Nike combine last spring.
The versatile Deboskie’s an excellent fit for the Cal offense, with his combined ability to hit the gaps up the middle, turn the corner or swing out for a pass with his excellent receiving ability.
At 6-0/195, Deboskie already possesses D1 size and speed and will only get stronger when he joins Cal strength and conditioning Coach John Krasinksi’s regimen at Cal.
Deboskie selected Cal from a group of three main contenders along with Stanford and Arizona State.
An excellent student, possessing an outstanding GPA of 4.16, Stanford’s program intrigued Deboskie and was actually the preference of his mother. Although he’d be certain to qualify as well as compete for early playing time for the Cardinal, Deboskie opted for the proven combination of academic excellence and annual bowl game appearances at Cal.
“Yes, my mom really would like to see me choose Stanford,” said Deboskie. I think I’d have the opportunity to make an early impact there but she supports me in my decision.”
ASU also made a relatively late run at Deboskie as Head Coach Dennis Erickson capitalized on the Sun Devils surprisingly successful season which culminated in a shared Pac 10 championship with USC but in the end, it was not enough to sway Deboskie from his early favorite.
“ASU’s in my backyard and I’d be able continue to work with my trainer there and join a program that’s really on the rise,” said Deboskie.
But in the end, with star running back Justin Forsett departing following his outstanding senior season where he compiled the 2nd highest yardage total ever for a Cal running back with 1,530 yards as well as a relatively inexperienced returning corps of running backs, Deboskie saw an opportunity to make an early impact for the Bears.
While playing in his freshman year was initially a high priority to Deboskie, especially with him coming in and getting a head start in learning the offense by enrolling in spring semester at Cal and participating in spring camp, he’s open to seeing where he fits in best in the Bear backfield’s class balance.
“They have James Montgomery, Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen coming back and it will be a big dogfight for playing time but they don’t really have a clear #1 next year so everyone will have a chance to stand out.
“I’m a competitive person and I’ll fight till the end wherever I am.
"Overall, I really enjoyed the recruiting process but I'm glad it's over. I had a chance to see some great schools and get to know some great coaches but in the end, when I weighed everything together, I just felt like I fit in the best at Cal."
As a junior, Deboskie put his 4.37 speed to good use, rushing for 1304 yards and 22 td’s to go along with 414 more receiving yards and 2 more td’s through the air.
He followed up in his senior year with another 1200 total yards and 18 td’s for the Huskies as they narrowly missed repeating as state champions after losing in the state semi’s to eventual champion Brophy Prep and finishing 12-1.
Deboskie put up his strong #’s despite splitting carries with star quarterback Gerrell Robinson and rb Nathan Jeffery in Hamilton’s balanced offense.
The highly sought-after Deboskie had offers from top programs throughout the country in addition to his 3 finalists, including Florida, Michigan, Alabama, Clemson and Georgia Tech before choosing the Bears.
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