January 6, 2012

Laster ready to hit the road

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For Shaker Heights (Ohio) wide receiver De'Niro Laster, the month of January will be a busy time. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior will be using the next few weeks as an opportunity to get out and make a handful of unofficial visits. Laster's busy January will start with a trip south of the Mason-Dixon Line.



"I'm going down to Georgia with Raw Talent," explained Laster. "Mark Harris (the CEO of Raw Talent Sports) has another Raw Talent location down in Georgia so we're going down there to compete with those guys. We're also going to Georgia Tech and Georgia and on our way back up we're going to visit Tennessee and Cincinnati."



The trip south will give Laster a chance to check out a few schools that he may normally not get an opportunity to evaluate. Laster is looking forward to comparing those schools with some of the other programs that he's more familiar with at this time.



"When I go to visit a school, I definitely want to make a connection with the coaching staff and feel comfortable when I'm down there," he said. "Like with Ohio State, the first time I went down there I felt extremely comfortable, it was just live."



Laster has been to Ohio State multiple times and will be making yet another unofficial visit to Columbus in the near future.



"I'm going to Ohio State in like two weeks," he said. "I got an invite, I think it's for some of the top juniors in the state and the new coaching staff wants us to come down there and show us around so we can meet the new coaching staff and everything. I think it's either January 21st or January 29th."



The unofficial visit will be Laster's first chance to interact with the new staff members at Ohio State and that is what he's most looking forward to about the trip.



"Most importantly, I can't wait to meet Urban Meyer," he said. "I'm just looking forward to making an early connection with the coaching staff and hopefully pretty soon I will be offered, that would be great."



Meyer's arrival at Ohio State has certainly drawn the attention of many of Ohio's top prospects and Laster is no different.



"I love it," he said. "I always watched Urban Meyer when he was down at Florida. I think he's going to come in and make a big impact and he's going to change some things around. I think it was a good hire."



At the moment, Laster holds verbal offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, and Temple. The big, athletic target should see his offer list expand significantly over the winter as many top programs are showing interest.



"Michigan, West Virginia, USC, Oregon, Tennessee, Louisville, there's a lot of schools (showing interest)," he said. "I'm definitely still open right now."



Laster is coming off a highly productive junior season in which he was a standout on both sides of the football for Shaker Heights.



"Individually I did great, especially as an athlete being able to do everything and play almost every down," he explained. "On defense I had over 100 tackles and I only played eight games because we forfeited one game and the last game of the season I sat out with a shoulder injury. On the receiving side, I had a lot of catches but I only had three touchdowns. Whenever I got an opportunity, I tried to make the best of it."





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