Van Dyke Ready For Season

DeMarcus Van Dyke made a commitment to the University of Miami last month and has been focusing on his senior season ever since.

"Basically, I've just been hanging out here getting ready and working out with my coaches," Van Dyke said. "I think I can get a 4.2 (40) now."

DeMarcus Van Dyke, 6-foot-1, has been bulking up ever since the end of track season when he was down around 150 pounds. He's up closer to 165 now.

"I still need to work on getting more physical with my jams off the line and stuff," he said. "I have the speed to catch up and now I need to beat people up more."

The Miami (Fla.) Pace standout says he's continued getting stuff from other programs since he committed to Miami but that hasn't changed anything.

"Florida wanted me to come to Friday Night Lights," he said. "I decided not to go. If I'm committed to Miami, why would I need to go up there."

The talented cornerback prospect says he keeps in touch on a regular basis with UM coach Randy Shannon and he recently took an unofficial visit to UM.

"They're doing a lot of 7 on 7 stuff now," he said. "I like what's going on at corner. There's some depth but not a whole lot. Me and Phelon Jones will have a chance to play right away."

UM currently has three commitments in the secondary -- Van Dyke, Jones, and Damien Berry. Van Dyke is hoping for a fourth.

"I hope Major Wright is next," he said. "He's a great safety and that would give us a really good group of DBs."

Van Dyke also addressed the situation with Willie Williams as many fans wonder if the possible transfer may hurt recruiting locally.

"It won't hurt things at all," he said. "That's his decision. He still might end up staying. Sometimes things don't work out with certain players but that's not going to affect how current recruits look at things."

Van Dyke has a 2.8 GPA and is still waiting on test score results.

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