American Heritage's Deeb Breaking The Mold
Patriots Large Linebacker Ready For Next Level
American Heritage Plantation linebacker and Notre Dame commit Michael Deeb is not your typical high school age teenager.
As we spoke about his commitment to the Fighting Irish, here's what he was having: one pound of grilled salmon, vegetables and a fruit smoothie.
That’s not your typical high school kids' lunch. And not a lunch most kids would go home for and prepare themselves to boot.
But Deeb doesn't fit the mold of a high school student-athlete.
He's 6-foot-2, 235 pounds and is fanatical about working out and keeping himself in peak shape.
He has been this way since the 7th grade. That workout routine started with a few hundred pushups a night.
It has transformed itself into training with the likes of former FSU defensive back Greg Reid, and current NFL-ers Demarcus Van Dyke, Sean Spence and Brandon Harris.
“There are two things I can control,” Deeb said. “My work ethic and my conditioning. I don’t mind the 6 a.m. wake-up call. It’s a habit. You become addicted to improvement.”
All that hard work will take him to South Bend, Indiana this summer. On National Signing Day, Deeb will sign a letter of intent with Notre Dame.
It’s hard to dispute the allure of playing for the Golden Domers. And once you get on campus, it’s almost impossible to not cave in.
“Its like a theme park. The Golden Dome. The Cathedral. It’s like a movie,” Deeb recalled from his summer visit. “It’s hard to say 'no' to that place once you get on campus.”
Deeb’s goal as freshman is to get on the field. If he does, he will as an inside linebacker for Bob Diacco’s 3-4 scheme.
Deeb said he was impressed with Diacco’s passion and intensity on a recent home visit.
“We were talking defense at dinner and he has me get up out of my chair, get in a stance in my living room and start firing out,” Deeb said. “He is a fiery guy, like me. I think we will get along really well.”
Deeb didn’t really care if he played in a 3-4 or 4-3. He just wanted a chance to showcase himself in college to better his chances of fulfilling his dream of playing in the NFL.
Deeb watched and observed how Notre Dame linebackers like Manti Te’o and Dan Fox made plays all over the field this past season. But Deeb also knows that would never have happened without the wall in front of them, with the likes of Kapron Lewis-Moore, Lewis Nix and Stephon Tuitt.
Deeb had a chance to meet them when the Irish were down in Miami preparing for the BCS National Championship.
“They're giant,” Deeb recalled saying to himself.
Deeb's not lacking in the size department either, though.
And come this fall, Deeb wants to not only bring that size but another dimension of his game.
“I will bring the motor,” Deeb promised. “I want to be on that field.”