TOWSON, Md. -- Boy’s Latin (Baltimore, Md.) three-star defensive lineman Victor Dimukeje has Maryland among his foremost suitors. Terrapin Times was on hand at the 6-1.5, 255-pounder’s game Sept. 2 against Loyola (Towson, Md.) to evaluate him. He finished with nine tackles, four unassisted tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack.
Dimukeje lines up as both a 3- and 5-technique for Boys’ Latin, and he could play either position at the next level as well. He’s a bit undersized for a top-level edge rusher, however, and doesn’t possess especially long arms. So, if he adds weight, a college program could very well move him inside to tackle.
Regardless of position, Dimukeje flashes potential given his athleticism; quickness; and his level of effort. Dimukeje plays the game hard, an intense competitor who doesn’t take snaps off.
Now, the latter doesn’t always equate to college success, but Dimukeje does have enough natural talent and developed skills to carve out a niche. He has a decent first step and flashes above-average explosiveness. Couple that with solid short-area quickness and nimble footwork, which allows him to slice through gaps or beat offensive linemen around end, and Dimukeje has many of the tools needed to be an effective pass rusher.
Additionally, Dimukeje, despite his average arm length, does well scraping off blocks and keeping linemen out of his body. He has violent hands and typically strikes underneath the pads, allowing him to toss opponents.
Dimukeje can also pursue up and down the line, while showing the ability to effectively set the edge too. Again, he doesn’t get caught in the trash when maneuvering through traffic, and he’s quite adept at changing direction as well.
On stretch plays, Dimukeje has enough burst and speed to catch runners who try to turn the corner. He’s a solid “closer,” a lineman who seems to gain momentum as he angles in for a tackle.
Speaking of tackling, Dimukeje typically finishes plays with a thud. He drives from his base and plows through his man, ensuring little leaky yardage.
Also, Dimukeje’s a heady player; he seems to sense how plays will develop. For example, he has that knack as a pass rusher when to fire in for a sack and when to throw his hands up and attempt to disrupt the passing lane.
To improve, though, Dimukeje probably needs to vary his rush moves. Right now his arsenal is fairly limited, with the Boys’ Latin product mainly relying on either a bull-rush or pure athleticism and toughness to beat the tackle. Furthermore, Dimukeje has to hone his technique, making sure his hands and feet are on-point (once in awhile he’ll get crossed up or strike too high). He also has to consistently come off the ball low and hard, as he tends to play with a higher pad level as the game wears on.
Furthermore, Dimukeje is not the type of end who will chase down backs from behind, despite his relentless pursuit. He’s most effective at the line of scrimmage and sometimes on the edge.
Additionally, the edge rusher must become stronger all the way around. He could stand to develop a stouter base, particularly if he moves inside to defensive tackle, while he needs to add more muscle to his upper-body too. The latter will help with his point-of-attack power, which must increase for Dimukeje to have success against elite college competition.
But after a couple years in the weight room, Dimukeje could be ready to make some noise on a defensive line. His motor, effort and solid skill-set ensure that he’ll be a contributor, either as a starter or as a valuable rotational piece.