BroncoBlitz.com has learned that Western Michigan will gain immediate help on the offensive line in 2012 with an incoming transfer.
Michigan State's John Deyo, a 6-foot-6, 305 pound guard from Gull Lake High School near Battle Creek, has decided to transfer to WMU and will be eligible immediately due to NCAA rules about graduated student-athletes. Deyo was a two star recruit out of high school with a 5.4 Rivals Rating and claimed offers from WMU and Central Michigan along with Michigan State. Deyo will bolster a unit that has high expectations of being one of the strengths of the WMU team.
In his three years on the field at MSU, Deyo played in 36 games. His action was primarily seen on special teams, but he also spent time in the trenches including 23 snaps against WMU in 2009. He also achieved Academic All-Big Ten honors for three straight seasons.
Deyo joins an offensive line that features Kasimili Uitalia, Greg Peterson, James Kristof, and Willie Beavers expected to be in the mix for playing time at the guard spots. The news also comes on a day that WMU learned Deon Cammock, who started five games at guard in 2011, will no longer be with the program for personal reasons. While Cammock may not have been a regular starter in 2012, this nonetheless opens up a spot on the depth chart for Deyo. If nothing else, Deyo will provide valuable depth and some experience to a line that struggled at times in 2011 due to depth issues following injuries.
The WMU line also features Rimington Trophy candidate Kevin Galeher at center, with Terry Davisson likely to start at left tackle and standout Dann O'Neill penciled in at right tackle. O'Neill has gotten significant attention this preseason, including being named the 22nd best offensive lineman in the country by Phil Steele and the second best NFL prospect in the Mid-American Conference by Lindy's Sports.
BroncoBlitz.com will have more on this story as it develops.