There is good news and bad news for Georgia coming out of Kissimmee, Fla., where the Bulldogs have two commitments playing football at Osceola High School.
The good news is “athlete” Marc Deas has been fantastic for the Kowboys, playing both quarterback on offense and linebacker and defensive back on defense. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior, who projects as a DB at UGA, was credited with marshaling his team to a first-round playoff victory. He had a pivotal 42-yard interception return for a touchdown and also inspired the team and the student body with a heartfelt speech delivered at a pregame pep rally Friday afternoon.
The bad news is the school needed inspiration after a series of unfortunate events, one involving UGA’s other commitment from Osceola. Details are sketchy but B.J. Butler, a 6-3, 253-pound linebacker who plans to sign with the Bulldogs in February, was suspended for last week’s game and for this week’s game for some sort of “team disciplinary issue.” Reporters down there in the Orlando area speculate that it was an attitude-related incident and may have involved a blow up with a coach. Head coach Jeff Rolson is not saying.
“He’s on our football team,” Rolson told me Tuesday. “We don’t really want to talk about the situation.”
More seriously, an Osceola defensive lineman Will Bostic was busted in a drug sting the day of game. Hence, the importance of Deas’ actions to keep the team together and focused.
It’ll be even tougher this week for the Kowboys. Osceola plays 5A powerhouse Lakeland this week.