The Huskers are on the hunt for inside linebackers again after Chris Paul Jr. left the 2021 recruiting class on Thursday. One name to keep an eye on is 3-star (HV Rating: 87.5) linebacker Deshauwn Alleyne. I caught up with Alleyne as he was finishing up a protein shake. That's become a part of his routine to continue his training during quarantine.
“I finished the school year strong,” Alleyne said. “I had all As and Bs all year. That continued through the fourth quarter. Quarantine has been helping me with workouts. My dad got me a weight bench so we could have that at the house. I've been working out with my God-brother every day. We push each other so it really helps.”
Alleyne holds double-digit offers. Some of the more notable ones include Nebraska, Auburn, Michigan, Penn State. He posted 127 tackles in 10 games during his junior season. During quarantine, he heard a lot from Nebraska. Then things slowed down when they picked up a pair of commitments at his position.
“During quarantine I was talking to Nebraska,” Alleyne said. “But they told me they have two commits at my position in the class right now. That means they are full. They didn't say that, but it obviously means they are full. I talked to my coach and that obviously means they are full. They still text me and stuff like that. They just don't show as much interest as how they used to. They used recruit me really hard. Now they don't as much anymore.”
That could all change now that there is an open spot at his position in the 2021 class. Alleyne would welcome more contact from the Huskers. When he spoke with the Huskers regularly, he was hearing most from defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. He got along well with Chinander, calling him a “cool guy.” Besides Nebraska, there are some other schools he is hearing from.
“I still talk to Kentucky a lot,” Alleyne said. “Recently some lower division schools have been hitting me up a lot like FAU and Coastal Carolina. The bigger schools they haven't hit me up too much recently. It probably has something to do with the Coronavirus but my senior highlights are going to be sick so I'm not worried about it.”
The Florida native planned on getting on the road this spring. He wanted to take official visits to Penn State and Nebraska. He feels like his top schools got commitments from other players before he had a chance to get in front of coaches. Now he’s waiting until his senior season when he hopes that he can take his official visits. Still, he knows what he wants in a school.
“Obviously, interest in me and just an opportunity,” Alleyne said. “I'm not asking to start but I just want an opportunity to play. Once I get there, I'll do the rest.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.