Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) receiver Dontay Demus is gaining steam on the recruiting trail, and March27 he landed arguably his most significant offer to date from Wisconsin. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder was particularly thrilled with the Badgers offer, and believes his recruitment will continue to pick up in as the offseason moves along.
“I’m actually on a college tour with my team, and when I was on the bus I got the call from Coach [Mickey] Turner. I’ve been talking to him for awhile now, and he told me to give him a shout. And when he told me about the offer, I was really excited,” said Demus, who previously had offers from Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers, Temple and ODU. “I’ve been up there before during my 10th grade year, and it’s a great school. I know they’ve produced a lot of running backs, so I’ll have to see if the offense fits me being a receiver, but I’m going to look into it.”
Demus hasn’t taken a formal trip to Madison, Wisc., but would like to at some point if he’s able to make it up. He typically travels around with his team, and since the FCA group isn’t heading to the Midwest this year, Demus will have to trek up on his own.
“There’s a chance I go back. I definitely want to,” Demus said. “I remember from before everything was great. It’s a great campus, and I really like how strong the academics are.”
Currently, though, Demus and his teammates are on a southern swing. They visited James Madison March 26, Virginia Tech March 27, and will be at North Carolina, Wake Forest, NC State and Duke from March 28-March 31.
“I was just at Virginia Tech, and that was a great visit. I’m really high on them,” Demus said. “I really liked it there, and I love the offense because it’s a spread and they like to go deep. They haven’t offered yet, but if they did, it would be really high for me.
“And I’m excited to see all those North Carolina schools. I’d really like to get a UNC offer. That would be a real big one.”
Demus has received interest from each of the Carolina programs, in addition to the Hokies. Other coaches from throughout the ACC, and several more in the Big Ten, are keeping tabs as well.
“My dream school is Georgia, but we’ll see what happens,” Demus said. “My feeling right now is I’d like to go through the whole [recruiting] process, because I think I’m going to get more offers when [college coaches] see more of me. And I’d like to take some officials to schools I can’t get to [unofficially]. So I’m going to take my time. But things can change. You never know.”
Hometown Maryland, meanwhile, was Demus’ very first offer. He last visited in February for a major prospect day, but hasn’t been back for a spring practice. Demus is unsure when he’ll be trekking through College Park, Md., again.
“I was up there with my coach, Coach [Mike] Hunter, and he introduced me to the coaches and all. They’re cool guys up there, and I do like Maryland,” Demus said. “They’re still strong for me. I like what they’re doing up there with the new facilities and all that, and just what Coach [D.J.] Durkin is doing wit the program.
“And I talk to Coach Aazaar [Abdul-Rahim] like every day and he’s a great person. He’s from the area and I’ve known him for a good while now.”
Demus, however, said he has to delve further into the Terps before making any definitive statements about where they stand.
“You know, they’re recruiting a lot of kids in our area and a lot of kids at my position,” Demus said. “So I have to think about that one and see where I stand with them.”