JUCO LB Kuony Deng Close to an Official Husker Offer?
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JUCO LB Kuony Deng Close to an Official Husker Offer?

May 30, 2018

On Tuesday, Nebraska hosted another junior college defender as it continues the search for pieces to become future Blackshirts. Outside linebacker Kuony Deng‍ (6-6, 231) from Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas, made the trip to Lincoln for an unofficial visit. Deng’s family is originally from South Sudan, but he was born in Virginia where he played high school football. 

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I caught up with Deng to get his thoughts on his visit and his recruitment in general. He hasn’t been at Independence long and has seen his recruitment really pick up in recent weeks. 

“I was really impressed,” Deng said. “I enjoyed myself. I definitely was happy that I got to see everything and meet the coaches. I was definitely impressed.”

The defender made the trip with his brother and cousin. During his visit, Deng spent the most time with Jovan Dewitt, who would be his position coach should he end up at Nebraska, plus Ryan Held, who serves as Nebraska’s junior college recruiting coordinator. 

“All of the coaches I’ve gotten to meet have something in common, they seem to be players' coaches and put the players first," Deng said. "It feels genuine. They are genuine in what they say and that’s refreshing for sure.”

Deng tells me that he isn’t sure where the notion came from that he hasn’t been playing football long, in fact he has been playing since he was a kid. He did say that he switched positions from wide receiver to outside linebacker when he got to Independence after leaving Virginia Military Institute. He is new to defense, but has the size and speed to be effective off the edge. Other schools are taking notice like Georgia, Virginia Tech and UCF, however Deng says that Nebraska and Purdue are recruiting him the most aggressively. 

The Nebraska staff started talking to him after it got to Nebraska. At this point he feels like everyone is still figuring out who he is and where he’s at. Nebraska seems to want to get an early jump from his impression. Deng does not currently hold a Nebraska offer but a path has been laid out. 

“They told me that I just got to Independence and I haven’t played any games there," Deng said. "So, from what I did in the spring and what they think I can do, they are high on me. They expect to offer after one or two games.” 

Deng is on track to graduate in December and has two years left to play two seasons. His current offers are from Buffalo, New Mexico and Temple. As the season approaches, he does have some things in mind that he will be looking for in his next school.

“I’m looking for somewhere I can graduate and get some progress towards a master’s degree before I leave. Also a place I can play good football so I can try for the NFL. I also need somewhere my family is comfortable with as well.” 

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