Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.) defensive tackle Victor Dimukeje was back in College Park, Md., for the third time this offseason March 6. The 6-foot-1, 245-pounder has been talking up the Terps since he first received the hometown offer back in January, and his latest foray through campus has him thinking turtles even more.
“I just got more time with the coaches [March 6], and I’m really liking Maryland,” Dimukeje said.. “They showed even more love, and it was great to ask questions and interact with them a whole lot. I had a good time interacting with Coach [D.J.] Durkin, Coach [Mike] London and the rest of them. It was just great. I just love it up there.”
Dimukeje said he arrived at UMD around 10:30 a.m. March 6, the recruit joined by his mother and younger sister. He said he watched film with London, saw some of the facilities, went over Maryland’s academics, and tried on the Under Armour jerseys.
“It was great overall,” said Dimukeje, who also holds offers from Albany, Brown, Central Michigan, Harvard, Iowa State, ODU, UPenn, Rhode Island, Yale, Toledo, Robert Morris and others. “I really enjoyed talking to all the coaches like Coach London, Coach [Marcus] Berry, Coach Durkin and all of them. With Coach London we went over some moves and D-line drills and that was really helpful. I can tell all the coaches there are just so passionate about what they do. I like them a lot.
“Coach Durkin said he’d love for me to be part of the program and he loves the way I play. He said I fit the defense really well. He really wants me to stay in my hometown and play here, and he told me about the changes at Maryland and things I’d love being apart of it. So I told him I was really with Maryland and very humbled. I honestly didn’t know what else to tell him. I love Maryland and love what they’re about.”
Besides talking with Durkin, Dimukeje chatted extensively with London, his potential position coach. London has been in touch with the Boys’ Latin product for more than a month now, and the two have a solid rapport.
“Actually Coach London is awesome. We were watching some D-line film, and I was learning thing from him, and that was the best part of the whole visit,” Dimukeje said. “He told me a lot of things that I could incorporate into my own game and hat will make me better. It was a lot of fun, just learning different techniques from him, I feel like Coach London is the best D-line coach in college football and I would love for him to be my coach. And the rest of the coaches, I love them too.”
Dimukeje also spoke highly of the campus, player dorms, facility upgrades and the school’s academic prowess. But, most of all, he loves the UMD staff.
“Maryland is honestly at the top right now for me,” Dimukeje said. “I love the coaches there. I feel like I could really do well under them.”
That said, Dimukeje isn’t ready to commit just yet. He said he doesn’t want to be the recruit who commits and then backs out down the road after visiting another locale.
“I want to be 100 percent sure,” Dimukeje said “I just want to take a couple more visits just to be sure. I want to see Temple and Miami coming up, and then I don’t know after that.”
Dimukeje has already been to UMD, Toledo, Pitt and Rutgers. He said the Terps and Toledo were running first and second, respectively, with Maryland holding the edge.
“I mean, I’m thinking about making my decision soon, maybe later during the spring,” Dimukeje said. “Maybe in a few weeks. I know I’m definitely getting back to Maryland for a practice. We’ll see after that. All I have to say is that I had another great time at Maryland, and it’s an understatement. I love it up there. My mom, she loved it up there too. She loves everything about Maryland, from the academics to the football aspects.”