But the big news is – he has already decided when and where he will take two of his official visits.
"Right now UCLA, Miami and Florida State are recruiting me the hardest," Dampeer said. "My top ten schools (Illinois, UCLA, Florida State, Tennessee, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Purdue and North Carolina) have not changed. The only thing that is different is that I know I am scheduling a January trip to UCLA, and I am going to visit Miami in December."
Why so much interest in UCLA? "With UCLA I really like the atmosphere out west, the tradition and also the coaches. I've already talked to the coaches. I talked to him (Bob Toledo) at little bit. Coach (R. Todd) Littlejohn is recruiting me. That's my boy. He's a cool guy."
Dampeer also has an aunt living in Los Angeles. His parents are not trying to influence their son's decision to play close to home or leave Illinois. He said, "It really doesn't matter to them. Basically they just want to see me play, so it's not too much of a big deal. They will go with me on all my trips. Everywhere I go they've got to go."
He has been a dominant defensive tackle and will finish his career at MacArthur as a four-year starter. As a junior Dampeer had 113 tackles and 12.5 sacks. Schools that have offered and didn't make his top ten include Northwestern, USC and Michigan State.
Unofficially, Dampeer has visited Illinois and Tennessee. He will probably not use one of his official visits to go to Illinois since he has been there so many times. With official visits to UCLA and Miami and a likely visit to Florida State, Dampeer will have two official visits to decide upon from his list. He expects to hold off making his actual choice of school until signing day.
Despite having a cast on his right foot (he broke it playing basketball) Dampeer is having a busy summer. He is attending summer school, hitting the weights three to four days a week under the watchful eye of his football coach, Cordell Ingram, and working. "My foot's not stopping me. The only thing I can't do right now is run. Even if I have to lift a little I will do it because I have to be ready for the season coming up." Dampeer also plays basketball on his high school team. "I play forward and a bit of wing. Yeah, I can shot it a little bit."
Dampeer is working to improve his core grades and is scheduled to take the ACT in September. His mother and father basically dropped the academic hammer on him after his sophomore year by letting him know that if he didn't work on getting his grades in order he could forget about athletics. With their help and the continual support of his two younger sisters, Dampeer is on the road to qualifying.