Donte Deayon

Former Summit High School player Donte Deayon is all smiles after seeing considerable action as a Los Angeles Rams defensive back in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.  (Contributed photo by Jerry Soifer)

Former Summit High School football standout Donte Deayon is getting an opportunity to prove to the Los Angeles Rams that he belongs on their roster.

Deayon, a backup cornerback, saw extensive playing time when the Rams opened their preseason schedule on Aug. 10 with a 14-3 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Deayon was signed to the Rams' practice squad in December of 2018 after being released by the New York Giants. He didn't get a chance to go to the Super Bowl with the Rams, but he is hoping to land a spot with the team during the upcoming season.

Against the Raiders, Deayon made 2 tackles. He will be trying to impress the Los Angeles coaches when the team plays the Dallas Cowboys in another preseason contest on Aug. 17.

Deayon, known for his small size (5-feet-9, 159 pounds) but also for his optimism and determination, helped lead Summit to the CIF championship in 2011. He later was an All-Mountain West player at Boise State and then was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

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