WeAreSC.com caught up recently with top rated defensive lineman Lawrence "Moe" Dampeer and he had the following update for us…
Not many high school players are designated national recruits since their sophomore year of high school, but Lawrence "Moe" Dampeer of Decatur MacArthur High School in central Illinois is one such prospect. Moe set the single season record for sacks as a sophomore with 15 and a half, and then added 12 and a half as a junior along with 113 tackles. Halfway into his senior season Moe currently has 7 sacks, 60 + tackles, and 3 forced fumbles. However, Moe has been extremely frustrated this season as all the teams he has played against make a point of running away from his area. He mentioned that he might have an early stick on a running back or quarterback in a game, and the rest of the time they have the quarterback rolling out to the side opposite him, and/or the running back doing the same. Moe is also playing tight end this season for the first time and had his first reception for five yards last Friday night. Last season Dampeer was All-State 1st team as a defensive lineman and All-State 2nd team as an offensive lineman. He is listed as the #2 defensive tackle prospect and the #26th overall prospect in the nation by The Insiders.com and is a 5 star prospect. He is being recruited as a defensive lineman by USC. Moe wears #74.
There are 7 teams right now that are in the mix for Dampeer, they are as follows; Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Miami, and USC. Moe has offers from all of those teams except Ohio State. He currently boasts over 30 offers nationwide. He mentioned that USC has about a 50/50 to 60/40 chance of an official visit, as he will take all five official visits before deciding on signing day in February where he will attend college. In regards to USC, all Moe wanted to mention is that they made his final 7 cut. Both Moe and his parents are open to him leaving the state for school. He was not able to check out some of these schools in the summer by attending camps because he broke his foot in June at a basketball tournament. His foot is now fully healed. He has unofficially visited Tennessee.
Dampeer plays power forward on his school's basketball team and averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists last season. He also participates in track and field as he threw the discus well enough to finish 9th in the state last year. His athleticism is evident by being 6'4" and 290 pounds, yet running a 4.8 forty. He lists speed and agility as his main assets as a lineman, however Moe wants to work on his overall strength. He models his game after players like Hugh Douglas and Julius Peppers in being able to run around you, or through you.
As far as USC is concerned, Moe really likes their style of defense and the quality of the defense. He has spoken with Coaches Carroll, Orgeron, and Kiffin. Coach Kiffin is the main coach recruiting Dampeer. Coach Orgeron is already a favorite of Dampeer. He has not been to California previously. Moe expects to qualify and would like to major in education, as he eventually would like to be a teacher and/or counselor after football. His father played college football at Division III Milikan College.