August 9, 2011
Buckeyes tracking Laster
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One of the top athletes in Ohio for the 2013 class is Shaker Heights product De'Niro Laster. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect is hearing from schools all over the nation and has recently picked up his first two scholarship offers.
"I have offers from Temple and Akron so far and Bowling Green is coming up," said Laster. "Ohio State, West Virginia, Alabama, and UCLA (are showing interest)."
Ohio State has been showing a lot of interest in Laster, and recently he spoke on the phone with head coach Luke Fickell.
"It went really good," Laster explained. "I was with (teammate) Donovan Munger and we both talked to coach Fickell. He basically said to keep working hard and that he wanted us to come down for some games and some practices, if we're not having two-a-days. He wants us to come down to a lot of games so we can meet with him and he wants us to keep in touch."
Over the summer, Laster didn't get to as many camps as he would have liked due to a shoulder injury but once he got cleared he was able to make it down to West Virginia. The Mountaineers are another school that is hot on his trail.
"I did really well," Laster said of his camp performance. "There wasn't a lot of people down there, I'd say maybe 100 people attended the camp but I did really good. They want me to come back down there. I'm still talking to coach Bill Bedenbaugh about an offer so that may come soon."
At 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, and growing, the jury is still out on which position Laster will play at the college level but he has a pretty open mind about things right now.
"They're mostly asking me what I would like to play," he said. "Basically, I'll play anywhere. Here at my school I'm playing tight end but when we go spread and quad and trips, I go to the outside receiver. I want to go to a college that passes the ball a lot so I'll play either receiver or tight end, probably tight end if I keep growing."
Laster's versatility and ability to cause match-up problems makes him a valuable weapon for Shaker Heights and he's been working hard this summer to get his team ready for the upcoming season.
"We're doing three-a-days right now and every day we work hard," he said. "As long as we keep working hard and I can become a better leader for my team, we're going to be real good."
Laster comes in at number 16 on the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2013 Ohio rankings.
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