Beasts from the East – Part I

Demarvion Overshown. (Justin Wells/IT)

Demarvion Overshown. (Justin Wells/IT)

In Part 1 of a two-part series, I’ll be focused on Arp’s DeMarvion Overshown. Tomorrow, it’s Carthage RB Keaontay Ingram.

TYLER — Making the rounds through East Texas can be a journey of backroads, old landmarks, plenty of beautiful scenery, and finding the elite athletes that are prevalent in this region. Two such prospects reside in Arp and Carthage. Two potential difference makers that brings the nation’s top college football coaches here to persuade them to join those programs. Arp’s Demarvion Overshown and Carthage’s Keaontay Ingram are two such players.

Both have a lot in common.

They have 25+ offers. They have athletic little brothers that want to follow in their footsteps. They have schools like Texas, Florida State, Ole Miss, Arizona State, and Texas A&M making trips to the piney woods just to see them. And they’ve both grown up watching the best and worst of times for the Texas Longhorns.

Texas has never been a stranger to East Texas. Names like Earl Campbell, Bill Bradley, Aaron Ross, and Curtis Brown wore the burnt orange and went on to success in the NFL. This new crop of prospects have the same path ahead of them. We’ll take a closer look at both, with Overshown today.

For DeMarvion, this wasn’t excepted. At least not from the humble 6-foot-4, 202-pound heat seeking missile that’s played multiple positions on both sides of the football for most of his gridiron days, and who could potentially re-define the safety position. After Arp made a long playoff run in 2016, Overshown’s focus right now isn’t recruiting, it’s being a leader and getting his team ready to go back to the playoffs.

“We lost a lot of seniors,” said Overshown. “We’re out here working hard trying to replace the people that left, of course Kasey Medlock (SMU signee)who was a big factor on this team, but we’re working hard, getting better. As the team leader, I’m staying on (teammates) making sure they get better, coming in after school and working hard to get to the point where we want to be.”

Overshown played DE as a sophomore, then moved to safety his junior year where he accounted for 173 tackles and four takeaways for the Class 3A Division II state semifinalists. In his final season at Arp, he could play everywhere. “(Arp coaches) are going to put me where it’s best for the team,” Overshown said. “I’m down for wherever it gives us the best shot at a championship.”

As for a personal preference for his position at the next level, it simply doesn’t matter for the soft-spoken star. “I really don’t care at this point,” Overshown insists. “Wherever I fit, I fit.” One fit could be the Texas Longhorns, the flagship school in the Lone Star State.

DeMarvion Overshown. (Justin Wells/IT)

DeMarvion Overshown. (Justin Wells/IT)

“Texas is one of the schools I grew up watching,” said Overshown with a smile. “Just to play for them would be an honor. If I do end up going (to Texas), wherever they put me, I’m fine with it. When I grew up, they were always a team everybody liked. They haven’t been good the last few years, but with coach Herman and the other coaches, they’re going to turn it around soon. Hopefully get that train back going like it was.”

When Tom Herman was hired in December 2016, the staff scrambled to put together the C/O 2017. Now that Herman has his bearings, he’s manufactured momentum for the 2018 class in impressive fashion. And don’t think Overshown hasn’t noticed.

“(Herman) is a great coach,” Overshown said. “Just look at what he did at Houston. You can tell he’s a really good coach. Just seeing what he did with that program, I know he can something special at Texas. He comes in and knows exactly what he wants to get done. Other coaches will say, ‘we did this last year and can kind of do that,’ but with Herman, he knows exactly what he wants to do. He knows what he’s doing.”

With 32 offers, most in the last six months, there are a few other schools on Overshown’s mind. Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Stanford, and LSU are just a handful.

“There are a lot of schools I like but I’m not picking a school over championships,” insists Overshown. “I’m actually looking more into what I want to do in college (major wise) and that’s kind of going to affect my decision on where I go.”

While Texas is squarely in the mix, there are a couple schools on DeMarvion’s radar, namely Clemson and Alabama. He wants to take official visits to both at some point. One school he really wants to see again is UT.

“I’ll be back sometime soon,” said Overshown, who attended Junior Day Weekend in late February. “I have to work out the dates with my mom with so much going on right now. But I will be going back.”

As for a commitment timeline, he could pledge before he takes his first senior snap or wait until after taking a few official visits.

“I wanted to do it sometime before the season,” Overshown said. “But I don’t want to commit, then not be sure and de-commit. But I might end up doing it before the season. I’m not exactly sure yet.”

For now, Overshown’s focus is on getting Arp back on track for another state playoff run. Because that’s what team leaders do.

Tomorrow will be Part II of this series with the state’s top RB, Ingram.