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DESHAWN McCUIN, Jacksonville High School

NOTE: This is the final installment of a 10-part series featuring 10 high school football standouts who are expected to be players of impact for their respective schools this fall.


Since the close of the 2017 high school football season Deshawn McCuin's stock has rocketed to new heights.

The highlight of McCuin's rise came in early June when he gave a verbal (non-binding) commitment to Texas Christian University, after attending a camp at the Fort Worth institution.

At least one national publication has ranked the Horned Frogs' recruiting class, which will include McCuin, as high as No. 25 in the nation, at this point.

The 6'-1”, 180-pound incoming senior has posted a 4.5 second time in the 40-yard dash — a time that puts him at an elite level.

McCuin seems to be unwavering on his pledge to TCU (although Baylor and Texas Tech continue to try to woo him) as he prepares to take part in his final season as a Jacksonville Fightin' Indian.

McCuin's forte is playing in the defensive secondary, according to Jacksonville head football coach Wayne Coleman.

But don't expect to see McCuin spending munch time on the bench this fall, because his considerable skills will also be used on the offensive side.

“Deshawn has been working hard, through the spring and in 7-on-7, and has really improved as a pass catcher,” Coleman said. “With his speed he can get past some defenders and when he does he can do some damage.”

Coleman didn't rule out the speed demon being used in some select Wildcat formations, but most likely when McCuin is playing offense he will be lining up as a pass receiver.

“Deshawn makes things happen when he is on the field,” Coleman said. “It's difficult, because you would like to have him out that on most every play. We will have to figure out the best way to use him offensively and find a way to get him out of the game to keep him as fresh as possible. It will be a challenge.”

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