RED SPRINGS — Soon, Red Springs senior linebacker Ty Delainie will be disrupting a backfield near you.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder verbally committed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Wednesday, calling the nearby Division II program “the most comfortable place” to spend his college career.
“I’ve liked Pembroke for a long time, I was just weighing my options,” Delainie said. “UNCP seem like the right fit for me and the coaches really made me feel welcome.”
As one of the leaders of the Red Devils’ stingy front seven this season, Delainie averaged 6.5 tackles per game and recovered two fumbles. He was recruited by UNCP assistant coach Jammie Deese who first spoke with Delainie after Red Springs’ 43-18 win over South Robeson in October.
“They’ve got a good group of kids on defense and I think I’ll fit right in,” Delainie said.
In defensive coordinator Shane Richardson’s 4-3 scheme, the Braves gave up 27.3 points per game last season but managed to force 19 turnovers and finish 8-3. Delainie will most likely become an outside linebacker at UNCP after spending his only prep season at the weak position in Red Springs’ 3-4 look.
“Ty was a good player for us, a dominant pass rusher,” Red Springs coach George Coltharp said. “He’s very physical and runs well in the 4.6 range. I think he’ll work out well for Pembroke’s defense.”
Delainie is one of three Red Devils expected to sign letters of intent on National Signing Day in February. All-County running back Xavier McEachern is leaning toward Brevard College while All-State defensive end Drayvon Fairley is holding out for East Carolina.
Coltharp says ECU assistant coach Brian Mitchell is visiting Red Springs today and he hopes an offer punctuates the visit.
“ECU really likes Drayvon … especially his speed and size,” Coltharp said. “He’s qualified and ready to go, it’s just a matter of them waiting to see what a couple of other kids do and that sort of thing.”
Fayetteville State is also in the mix for Fairley’s services.