East Texas 25: No. 15 Deshawn McCuin, DB, Jacksonville
It’s often said that good things come to those who wait. No matter how hard it was to be patient, Jacksonville’s Deshawn McCuin kept faith.
And it paid off as McCuin received his first Division I scholarship offers in a span of the first few days of this month.
“It was definitely overwhelming,” McCuin (5-11, 180) said of the flurry of recruiting activity. “I was a little impatient at first but it was truly a blessing how they all rolled in.”
McCuin checks in at No. 15 on ETSN.fm’s East Texas 25, a list of the area’s top recruits in the 2019 class.
McCuin, an ATH/safety, got offers D-I from Louisiana-Monroe, Incarnate Word, and McNeese State at the beginning of June. He previously picked up Division II offers from Arkansas Tech and Midwestern State.
But the best was yet to come.
After participating at TCU’s camp on June 5, McCuin was offered and committed to the Horned Frogs on the spot.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who are familiar with McCuin, who said he’s been a fan of TCU since he was in the fifth grade.
“It was great,” McCuin said. “That’s my dream school and to find out that they have a family-like atmosphere drew me real close to them.”
McCuin credits his performance at the ETSN/APEC Football Recruiting Combine in Tyler on May 20 as the impetus for the TCU offer.
The Jacksonville defender ran a laser-timed 4.51-second 40-yard dash, had a broad jump of 123 inches, and vertical jump of 39 inches. All were top-10 performances.
“They told me that I had the athleticism to get the job done so that gave me fuel to do as good as I did (at their camp),” McCuin said. “The ETSN/APEC camp really helped because they really liked my numbers.”
McCuin said he’s 100-percent committed to TCU, plans to take his official visit in September, and sign in December.
“It felt like a dream come true,” McCuin said of his time at TCU. “I’ve always wanted to go up there and get toured around the school. So to actually do that was simply amazing.”
McCuin described himself as a player that doesn’t shy away from the big moments, but can sometimes be a tad too aggressive.
“I need to improve on being patient and laid back on defense,” he said.
East Texas 25 Class of 2019
- No. 25 DeKendrick Bender, Marshall, WR, 6-2, 185
- No. 24 Jawan King, Atlanta, RB, 5-10, 213
- No. 23 Eric Gipson, Jefferson, OLB/S, 6-1, 195
- No. 22 T.K. Hamilton, Waskom, ATH, 5-10, 166
- No. 21 Caiden Walker, Newton, OL, 6-5, 285
- No. 20 Tahj Washington, Marshall, WR, 5-11, 165
- No. 19 Robbie Williams, Chapel Hill, WR, 6-3, 195
- No. 18 Breylon Garcia, Lufkin, DE, 6-4, 215
- No. 17 Chance Billington, John Tyler, OL, 6-3, 300
- No. 16 Keivie Rose, Henderson, DE, 6-3, 240