Insider Catches Dismuke In Action

In June the Bearcats received a verbal commitment from Romel Dismuke of Cleveland Benedictine High School in Cleveland, Ohio. On Saturday night Dismuke made an appearance in Cincinnati and Bearcat Insider was on hand.

Ever since giving Brian Kelly his verbal commitment in June, fans have questioned if Romel Dismuke had the size to compete in the Big East and at Cincinnati. Saturday night Bearcat Insider watched first hand Dismuke in action against one of the state's top prep programs Elder.

Standing 5-foot-8, 180-pounds isn't the ideal size college programs look for when recruiting defensive backs. But once you watch Dismuke in action you learn quickly the reasons the Bearcats wanted to keep this package of dynamite away from conference foe Pittsburgh.

The first thing you notice from Dismuke is his burst. Going in and out of cuts you see how well Dismuke can use his feet. But its the burst coming out of these cuts that sets Dismuke apart from others the Bearcats might have been looking at.

One match-up that had to make Bearcat fans excited was when Dismuke and Elder wide receiver Josh Jones went against each other. Jones, who has the physical size of the type of receivers Dismuke will have to match-up against in the Big East learned quickly his future teammate had some ball skills.

With Jones looking to go deep Dismuke went stride for stride with the Panthers receiver and got position to earn an interception stopping one of the few drives against one of the more powerful offensive teams in the state.

While Dismuke lacks ideal size he makes up for it with his fluid movement and explosion in his breaks. He may lose a battle here or there because of his height but because of his true speed and the ability to make up ground he'll cause problems for receivers in the Big East.

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