Northwest (Germantown, Md.) defensive end DeAndre Jules is establishing himself as a sought-after recruit in the DMV. The 2019 recruit has offers from UNC, Maryland, Pitt, Purdue and ECU. He spoke with Terrapin Times about his spring, his current offers, what schools he’s taking a hard look at, his thoughts on the Terps and more.
Terrapin Times: I’ve seen you’ve gotten some nice offers this spring. How have workouts been going for you, and who’s been in to see you?
DeAndre Jules: It’s been going great. They’ve been going real well. Ohio State’s coach actually just came by [May 16], and they want me to come up to the campus, do a camp and work out in front of them. That was big. Then Penn State came three weeks ago and wants to see me work and see how I move too. Maryland also came by recently to see how I was doing, and North Carolina was in here to say hi as well. It’s been a few others that have come by as well. It’s been good.
TT: Are there any offers you’re looking for or would like to have?
DJ: My main goal is Penn State and Ohio State, but I’d also like to have Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Clemson and Tennessee offers too. Clemson would be a big one. But those are good programs and I feel like they’d fit me, just from what I’ve researched.
TT: What schools have you visited so far?
DJ: Just Maryland and North Carolina so far. But this summer I’m trying to get to all the schools that have offered me like Pitt, Purdue, ECU and some others that I want to get offered by. Ohio State, Penn State, Clemson, and then maybe Va Tech and WVU. We’ll see where I can get to.
TT: I know OSU and PSU have been through, but are you hearing from schools like Clemson or Va Tech or WVU yet?
DJ: Not really yet. It’s early for me. I get interest letters from Clemson and things like that, but nothing serious yet.
TT: Now, Maryland is the hometown school and was second to offer you after UNC. What do you think of the Terps?
DJ: I love their energy. That’s what really caught my eye at the spring practice I was at. I feel like Coach [DJ] Durkin is a really passionate guy and gives off a great vibe. And, really, just the vibe overall from all the coaches there is great. Also, the education system there is really good. There’s a lot of support there.
TT: What’s your relationship like with Coach Chris Beatty, who recruits you?
DJ: He’s just like my head coach here. He’s another father figure and mentor to me. He’s always checking in on me to see how things are going. He’s great.
TT: What do you think of the hometown movement that Coach Durkin has been preaching and some of the DMV athletes that have chosen to stay home?
DJ: Coach Durkin wants all the local athletes to play for their hometown school. He said if all the talent comes to Maryland they could build something really special there. And I really do like that idea. It’s something I’m noticing now -- DMV-to-UMD.
TT: Are you a guy that prefers staying close to home, or is location really not a factor for you?
DJ: I really haven’t made that decision yet. I’m just going through the process right now and looking at all these schools. But I’ll say by the end of my junior year I should have a pretty good idea where I’m at. I should have five schools I’m really looking at.
TT: I know you play some tight end, and I’ve seen you listed at a tight end some places. But most see you as a defensive end or tackle, don’t they? Also, what do you bring as a defensive lineman?
DJ: Yeah, defensive end. I do need to work on my hip flexibility and some fundamentals. But I have good power, I get off the ball quickly and I bend the edge well. I think I fit best at [defensive end] at the next level.
TT: You chose to go with your local high school in Northwester. I know you were recruited by Good Counsel and DeMatha and schools like that. Any reason you made the decision you did?
DJ: I felt it was a real good program. Coach [Mike] Neubeiser brought me and my family in and made us feel welcome. Plus, I live like five minutes from the school, so it’s convenient.
TT: Any goals for this year?
DJ: 20-plus sacks for myself personally. But as a team we want to go further in the playoffs and win states. We’re definitely going to be better this year than last year. We have some good talent coming back.