Family, football helps Finley succeed

In the very near future, Dee Finley (Auburn, Ala.) will make a life-altering commitment. Finley, the No. 1 rated defensive prospect in the 2008 ESPN 150, will decide which college will land his elite talents. However, what would normally be an exhausting and overwhelming process for most 18-year-old student athletes, will not be for Finley. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defensive back's own life experiences have given him the perseverance to make mature decisions.

Finley's average day consists of more than just dealing with balancing academics, athletics and the intensity of being one of the top recruits in the country. Finely can receive up to 40 text messages a day from college coaches. This coveted safety has three main priorities that come before football, his grandmother Geraldine Finley, his two cousins and brothers Taye and Jaye Finley. Mrs. Finley adopted her humble grandson as a child and raised him. Two years ago the woman who Finley calls the most loving person in the world also adopted his 8 and 6-year-old cousins. While offering unconditional love and devotion to her three grandchildren, Geraldine herself occasionally needs care.