DeQuan Everett has been a Division I-quality prospect ever since high school, when such schools as Oregon, Oregon State and Washington took notice of him. Oregon State was his desired destination, as the Beaver football program offered him a scholarship contingent on him qualifying out of high school.
Everett missed qualifying by the slightest of margins, which made him take an indirect route to Division I football via Cerritos Junior College. While it was a disappointment for him to have to wait two years after graduation from high school to get to the Division I level, he’s grateful for the opportunities he’s had.
“It really flew by and it was necessary," said Everett. “I mean, I wasn’t ready in high school to meet the academic requirements to make it in school at a big college, so I didn’t regret it, but I did get to work to make sure I did everything I could to get my associates degree and get on with it.”
BYU will be the benefactor of Everett’s athleticism (which has never been the question), but also of his increased maturity and academic focus, which could lead to some immediate returns from him both on and off the football field.
Standing in at more than 6 feet 2 inches and 203 pounds, Everett is very much an uncommon type of athlete compared to what is usually found in BYU’s cornerback corps. While he could play every position in BYU’s backfield, he’s focused on playing field cornerback. It’s a position that rarely, if ever, has someone even taller than 5 feet 9 inches manning the starting spot.
“I’m good with wherever they want to play me, but shutdown corner is what I do best," he related. “Coaches call me all the time and we talk about possibilities and I’m open to anything, but yeah, playing shutdown corner at the field corner position is what I think I do best.”
Since his commitment, Everett has received his associates degree and is now just focusing on getting himself as ready as possible for the jump to the next level of football and preparing himself for BYU and its unique demands.
His day comprises of waking up very early in the morning to run “stadium stairs,” as he termed it, which is then followed by lunch and then an intense training session in the afternoon focusing on strength and agility.
“I have a personal trainer and I’ve gotten up to 203, so I feel a lot stronger," he said. “What’s great is that even though I’ve gotten stronger, I’ve increased my forty time. My trainer timed me at 4.38 just recently, while my fastest time was 4.42 around the time I committed. I’ve worked a lot on agility and I feel better in every area than I ever have.”
Everett went under the radar for most potential recruiters, as he wasn’t thought to be academically eligible until after this coming season. BYU was the first to learn of his eligibility and acted swiftly in securing his commitment.
“BYU was the first and the best school that offered me for sure," he explained. “I had offers and I tripped to Southern Miss and to New Mexico, but both of them couldn’t compare to BYU with what they had to offer. I also received offers from Bowling Green and from Tulsa, but didn’t trip to either of those schools because after my BYU trip, I knew where I wanted to be.”
During his trip to BYU, Everett hit it off very well with players such as Brian Logan, Corby Eason and Brandon Bradley.
“I still talk to Corby and to Brian at least once a week, and it’s great knowing that I have guys I like and I’m good friends with before I even get to BYU," he said. “I also get calls all the time from Coach Mendenhall, who just tells me everything I need to be doing, reminding me of how important it is to keep focused and to keep my mind right - which is something I’m doing better with every day and something I’ll continue to do better every day while I’m at BYU, which is a big reason why I’m going to play there.”
Everett also receives weekly calls from another Cougar coach who he cites as one of the biggest reasons why he committed to BYU in the first place.
“Coach Kaufusi is an incredible coach and an incredible person," he said. “He’s a huge reason why I chose BYU. From day one I felt so comfortable with him and with everything we’d talk about. I just talked with him earlier today and whenever I get off the phone with him, I just feel great about what I’m doing and where I’m going.”
Everett will be arriving at BYU by August 1 and is counting the days down until his arrival.
“I’m going to get there and do my best to play right away, [which] is the goal," he said. “I have a redshirt year available, but I don’t want to use it; I want to play. I know they have good guys in their secondary already, but I don’t want to wait behind them and be content with that my first year, and I don’t think coaches want that either. My number one goal is to help the team whenever and wherever I can. If it comes this year, then great. If not, then that’s not as great, but I’ll be fine with it for sure.”