Super DT Will Visit UM

A first team preseason All-America selection by TheInsiders.com, this prospect is ready to have an outstanding season. He's been having those ever since he started playing football in 4th grade. He has his college list narrowed to 10 and Miami will get a visit.

At 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, Decatur (Ill) MacArthur standout defensive tackle Moe Dampeer feels pretty good about the upcoming season after a weekend scrimmage. In fact, he is drawing up some pretty lofty comparisons.

"Our defensive line and our entire defense is going to be awesome," Dampeer told me. "We're going to be so good that people are going to be calling us the high school version of the '85 Bears. I can't wait."

That excitement comes after a summer that Dampeer had to take easy due to broken foot suffered in a pick up basketball game.

"It's about 95-percent now and I feel fine," he said. "I won't even feel it once the season starts."

A first team preseason All-America selection by TheInsiders.com, Dampeer is ready to have an outstanding season. He's been having those ever since he started playing football in 4th grade.

Dampeer, who will take the SAT for the first time on September 28, also competes in basketball (center) and track. In fact, he finished 9th in the state as a junior with a throw of 164 feet.

The talented defensive lineman then talked some about the recruiting process.

"It's coming along," he said. "I have somewhere between 30 and 40 offers now and I can't believe it. I have it narrowed down to 10 - Miami, Florida State, Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, UCLA, Nebraska, and Oklahoma."

The standout defensive lineman talked more about the Hurricanes.

"I like Miami a lot," he said. "They have one hell of a defense. They're just awesome defensively and I can't say much more about it. I've spoken to Coach Coker and Coach Shannon and they've been sending me letters the last few months just checking in. Miami's one of the places I'll take a visit to."

Until then, Dampeer said he and his teammates have a pretty big task in front of them.

"Like I said, I think our defense is going to be really strong and hopefully it'll carry us into the state finals," he said. "I'm trying to do whatever I can to help make this team better and we have a lot of guys that have been working really hard getting ready for the season."

Dampeer and his teammates open the season this Friday.

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