Monticello, FL - DeVondrick Nealy was in search of a school to play for.
Nealy says, "My 9th grade year we really didn't do much. We didn't really win many games. I had a pretty good season my 9th grade year. Then my 10th grade year I went to Georgia. I went to Thomasville then to Brookwood. We had a pretty good season and went to the first round of the playoffs then got kicked out."
He found his calling in Monticello. In 2009, the Big Bend was introduced to Nealy. In 12 games for the Tigers he rushed for nineteen hundred yards and 21 touchdowns. The following year he rushed for 2,700 yards and 39 scores. Iowa State took notice.
Nealy adds, "As soon as they started recruiting me, Coach Herman came in and he was an awesome recruiter. I talked to him and all the coaches at Iowa State. I felt pretty good about it."
His decision came down to the Cyclones and Michigan Wolverines, but Iowa State had been after the three star speedster ever since he burst onto the scene.
So, Nealy says, "Every since I've been recruited by Iowa State, ever since last year, my junior year, they were writing letters and stuff like that. I never expected Iowa State to be the school that I go to. I was thinking about all the big schools."
Just as DeVondrick helped turn Jefferson County back into contenders, he hopes to do the same for his new team.
"They didn't go to a bowl game last year, but hopefully when I go up there next year, me and a couple other Florida guys, we'll go up there and make a change and go to some bowl games next year."
DeVondrick was also a threat on defense, but says he wants to remain in the backfield for now, and just wait and see where the future takes him.