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DePriest Signs College Football Letter; Shines On Hardwood, Too

Farmington Senior A Versatile Athlete

Farmington, Illinois - Farmington senior Jarod DePriest signs his college letter to play football at South Dakota State University today.

While DePriest is known for his dominant play for the Farmers football team, he's also making a big impact on the hardwood this winter. The 6-foot-4, 280 pounder uses basketball to help with his footwork and stay in shape.

"I think that's one of the things that's helped me with football. And that's why I stick with basketball honestly. Because coach always helps me with my footwork," DePriest said. "Coach always helps me with my footwork and I think that's why I have looks for football, honestly."

But DePriest doesn't always play like a big man in basketball. He's flying around the court, making fancy passes and playing many different positions.

"He is really one of those guys you look at and you're like, 'How does he move so well?'," Farmington head coach Jeff Otto said. "He can do a lot of things on both ends of the floor. And I think that's one of the reasons why hes been so heavily recruited in football."

DePriest says he started playing basketball before football, and that is a big reason why he is such a versatile athlete.

"Actually in eighth or seventh grade, I was our point guard. So with coach Lozier back there, it was a fun time," DePriest said. "I like to take the ball up the court a little bit. I just think its fun to come out here and play as hard as I can and move as fast as I can."

Jarod's future lies on the gridiron. But he hopes to help Farmington basketball to a regional championship and beyond before he heads to college.


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