On June 8th the University of Pikeville picked up a major piece to its 2017 recruiting class when Parkview running back Deion Slade committed. The Class of ’17 running back announced on Twitter:
— Deion Slade (@Superman_Slade) June 8, 2016
Slade received an offer from Pikeville on May 1st, making the Kentucky school his first. He explained what made Pikeville so attractive.
“I choose Pikeville because they have a great program rising for the future. I had done some research on them and their academics are pretty great.”
Leading up to his May 3rd encounter, Slade was unfamiliar with the school, but it was a conversation with a Pikeville assistant that changed his recruitment. “I had not heard from any of the coaches at all until I was called out of class. Coach Derrick Lucas and I had sat down and talked for about 30 minutes about the recruiting process and then he offered me a scholarship for academics and football to Pikeville.”
Almost a month later and Slade is still committed to Pikeville, but he is still hearing from a few schools who are showing heavy interest. With his commitment out of the way, the Class of ’17 back has big plans for the upcoming season.
“This season coming up I want to lead my team to be undefeated in our region and take them to the playoffs,” Slade said. “I also believe I will have over 1200 yards rushing with 10+ touchdowns.”
Slade says he is a player to watch this upcoming season and finished off our conversation with this final remark: “I am a sleeper athlete and it’s about time to turn some more heads!”