Dias taking visits

Jermaine Dias could be called wise beyond his years considering he started at the varsity level as a freshman for Hackensack High (N.J.). But he is wise to the recruiting game as well. Dias will take at least four visits and might even have added a fifth wildcard school to the mix. However, North Carolina is still a possibility for Dias, who will be in Chapel Hill next week.

Jermaine Dias has started all but two games in his high school career at Hackensack High (N.J.). Now the talented defensive end is taking official visits – including a scheduled Jan. 10 trip to UNC – and will make his choice between Maryland (took his official visit in December), Virginia (Jan. 17), Boston College (Jan. 24), North Carolina and possibly Notre Dame.

Dias, a 6-2, 210-pound defensive end who will likely move to linebacker in college, says he doesn't really have a leader right now.

Playing time will be one of the factors in his decision.

"I want to go somewhere where I can get early playing time," Dias told IC. "I think the schools doing well lately helps when I look at them against UNC. I guess it does factor in but it's not the only thing I am looking at. When Coach Fleming calls we talk football and academics."

While Dias won't take his official for another week, he has seen Chapel Hill before. He made the trip south this summer just to check things out for himself.

"It was really beautiful. I met with a few of the coaches and they showed me around. I thought the stadium and the facilities were nice."

As a senior, Dias racked up 104 tackles – including more than 60 solo tackles, 15 sacks and 27 tackles for a loss of yards. He also forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles.

The skinny on Dias is that he is an amazing pass rusher who can also stop the run. He often fields double-teams from opposing teams. His numbers could be even better if teams didn't try to run away from him.

Dias, who also plays tight end and some fullback, said he has trouble talking about the type of player he is.

"I guess it's hard to say but I am good at getting to the ball. I think sometimes I make plays that I don't have any business making."

Hackensack High (8-4) reached the championship game again this season but suffered a 25-23 loss to Bayone (9-3), which won its first Group 4, North 1 New Jersey State championship.

"I am pretty much waiting until signing day," Dias said of his decision. "My coaches have helped me. I sit down and talk with them and we talk about what is important. They help me to ask the right questions."

Dias Stats
6-2, 210
4.65 40
Bench - 315
Power clean - 240
Squat - 465


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