Under the radar: Phoebus WR Romond Deloatch
Posted July 11, 2011 7:09 pm
Photo courtesy of VirginiaPreps.com
FinestPreps.com prides itself on highlighting some of the nation’s top “under the radar” football talent.
Today we take a trip to the Commonwealth of Virginia, where there’s a prospect who plays for one of the nation’s top high school football programs.
Who’s the prospect for the Phoebus Phantoms that you should keep your eyes open for?
Mike Curtis has the report below!
The state of Virginia is known for churning out gridiron stars. Michael Vick, Percy Harvin, Plaxico Burress, Ahmad Bradshaw–the list goes on and on.
This year is no different and one player that fits the bill for the 2012 class is Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) standout wide receiver Romond Deloatch.
The 6’4″, 213 pounder is an absolute beast.
Deloatch boasts tremendous size for a receiver and may be better suited for a transition to tight end. He uses his size and strength very well–whether it be to shield defensive backs from being able to make a play or to sky over them to snare jump balls.
While he is lean right now, he has the type of frame that could easily carry more weight.
Deloatch has good, strong hands and shows that he can effectively catch the ball away from his body. He does a good job of coming down with the ball in traffic as well.
The all-district wide receiver won’t be outrunning many defensive backs. He has sneaky, deceptive speed but with his size that still makes him a big play waiting to happen.
Deadly in jump ball situations, Romond can really go up and get it. He attacks the football in the air and is great at catching the ball at it’s peak.
Fade patterns are another specialty of his.
Deloatch displays good ball skills and body control, showing an ability to adjust to any pass thrown.
While blessed with physical gifts, Deloatch isn’t a finished product. He is still raw at this point and needs to sharpen his route running. If he is going to stay at receiver(which is said to be his preference) he will need to improve his top end speed.
Regardless, he is an intriguing prospect, whose recruitment is starting to heat up. he recently hauled in scholarship offers from Marshall and Temple. His lead recruiter for the Temple Owls is Zach Smith.
He’s currently rated as a three-star recruit, according to Rivals.com. He’s coming off an impressive junior season in which he totaled 24 grabs for 422 yards and five touchdowns.
He saved his best for last, with an outstanding performance in the state championship game.
Deloatch came up huge with 6 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown in leading his team to a state crown.
Deloatch hopes to take the momentum generated from the state championship game into the upcoming campaign in the fall of 2011.
Look for the recruitment process for this Virginia high school football standout to heat up as time progresses!
Mike Curtis is a writer for FinestPreps.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments and feedback are welcome.
Check out the junior highlights of Romond Deloatch below–courtesy of Recruit757.com!