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Friday, July 26, 2013
Big 2016 prospect gains early attention

By Corey Dowlar

In the middle of the one-on-one battles at the Jimbo Fisher Camp last week, a prospect from Georgia began to stand out. At 6-foot-3, 285 pounds, it's hard not to.

But not many people at the time realized just how old, or how young, James Dematto (Marietta, Ga./Kell) was. As a 2016 prospect, there is a long way to go.

Florida State, though, likes his potential an awful lot.

"They told me to keep up the hard work, and I have room to improve and get bigger and better and that they will be recruiting me hard for my next three years of high school," he said.

Dematto also camped in Tuscaloosa to see the Crimson Tide up close and in person. It appears the Alabama staff, too, is interested.

"I did very well at Alabama," said Dematto. "Coach [Chris] Rumph told me that Alabama is very interested in me and will be coming to some of my games this season to watch me.

"I plan to visit FSU and Alabama more often to get to know them."

Kell High School head coach Derek Cook thinks Alabama and Florida State are on the right track. Given his measurables, and factoring in that he probably will grow, Dematto could end up being a giant prospect.

It's not known yet what position he'll end up playing, but it could be on the offensive line or interior defensive line. Either way, size can't be coached, and Dematto is going to have it.

"He is going to be big-time," said Cook. "He is only 15 as of April, is 6-foot-3, 285 pound and ran a 5.0 [40-yard dash]."