Maryland’s first significant recruit visit day under head coach D.J. Durkin was a major success, per the numerous local prospects in College Park, Md., Feb. 13. Durkin and his assistants hosted more than 30 of the DMV’s elite talents for a day’s worth of coach meetings, facility tours, a UMD basketball game and more.
“There were some real good players from our area up there, man, all these great guys in the DMV,” said defensive tackle Victor Dimukeje (Boys’ Latin/Baltimore, Md.), who picked up a Maryland offer Feb. 4. “And we were talking, if all of us come together and stay home, I think we could win a real big bowl game at Maryland in a couple years. It’s getting real up there at Maryland.
“But it was just a great experience [Feb. 13], and I loved everything about it. I loved the coaches, what they’re doing for the future and jut the football team in general. DMV-to-UMD, it’s just great.”
Dimukeje, who holds one other offer from Toledo, said he spent the majority of his stay chatting up the entire Maryland staff. He specifically recalled conversation with Durkin, position coach Mike London, Director of Recruiting Marcus Berry and area-recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.
“I really liked all of them. All the coaches, they showed me a lot of love the whole time,” Dimukeje said. “The highlight was getting to know them better, and why they want me to be a Terp. They just like the way I play, my motor, and just like me as a student-athlete and what I bring to the table academically and athletically. They like my personality a lot too and believe I’d be a great fit.”
The Boys’ Latin product had personal sitdowns with London and Durkin. Afterwards, he praised both coaches.
“Coach London, I was in his office and he showed me things for the future like what he’d like me to play; some drills to do; and what he likes in a D-lineman. He thinks I have quick hands, and good explosion off the ball. So we had a great time talking about how I could fit in.
“And Coach Durkin, he said he loved my film so much and really wants me there. He said a lot of guys he ends up offering, he has to watch their film again a day later to remember it. But mine, he said he remembered mine, and it stuck in his mind. He said I was a guy he had to offer, so that meant a lot to me.”
Dimukeje visited College Park a couple weeks back, so he was already familiar with the campus, facility upgrades and the environment. Even so, he spoke highly of the atmosphere around the program and the school in general. He also thoroughly enjoyed taking in the basketball game Feb. 13 too.
“Well, Maryland lost [to Wisconsin], but it was still a great environment,” Dimukeje said. “The fans there are lit. They get into it. I loved them, and I think they’d be great to play in front of.”
Next on the agenda, Dimukeje, who has been hearing from multiple programs throughout the ACC and Big Ten, is trying to see Rutgers Feb. 20, followed by Pitt Feb. 28. He has no other trips scheduled after that, although he’ll be back at Maryland for the April 16 spring game.
“I love the changes being made at Maryland, and the changes coming in the future. I can’t wait. I just can’t wait,” Diumkeje said. “Maryland is definitely one of my top choices right now. I love it there. I don’t like naming a school No. 1, but Maryland is definitely up there.”