Jack Deboef has had quite an example growing up to show him how college football should be played. Scout's No. 79 OT is from State College, Penn., home of the Penn State Nittany Lions and Joe Paterno, owner of the most wins as a coach in the history of the FBS, formerly known as Division I-A.
So naturally the blue and white should be Deboef's destiny, right?
Wrong. The lineman is not partial to PSU or anyone else at this point. He just wants to play football.
"When I was younger I thought it'd be real cool to play football in college," he said. "Fortunately I was blessed with a little bit of talent and some great coaches that have helped me along the way."
Currently Deboef has eight offers, including six from BCS-conference teams. Buffalo, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Syracuse and Temple are all in contention for Deboef's services. However, he has yet to rank them or make any decisions regarding where his college football will be played.
"I don't think I've ruled any out yet," Deboef said. "I am getting to the point where that will be happening shortly."
The lineman took a college trip around the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast this past summer with his family but the empty campuses didn't push him towards any decisions.
"I took a trip this summer," he said. "But I want to take some unofficial visits and experience some game-day feelings."
Deboef says football is important in his decision as well as academics.
"I want to go into business," he said. "A good program would be great."
The Orange have not recently been in touch with Deboef, who still has them on his list, though he has yet to visit campus.
"I have not received a phone call," Deboef said. "I'm not really sure what's going on there."