Today, Boys Latin School (Md.) three-star defensive end Victor Dimukeje will embark on the first of three official visits he’s set. And a decision could be on the horizon shortly after.
Dimukeje will officially visit Michigan State today and tomorrow, Pittsburgh this weekend and Duke Jan. 20. He also has a top six of Virginia Tech, Duke, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Baylor and Rutgers.
“A lot of things have changed,” Dimukeje said. “The Temple D-line coach going to Baylor, that switches things up. He just contacted me. He got there a few days back and he called me the next day and told me he wants me to be part of his class.”
Dimukeje’s lone official so far came Dec. 9, when he visited the Hokies. But they continue to resonate with him.
“There’s great coaches around, like Coach Fuente,” Dimukeje said. “He’s a great head coach who turned the program around. It’s a great area, with great people around, good players around. It just felt like a comfortable environment.”
Though today marks the first day of the open recruiting period, when coaches can contact recruits, Dimukeje said he’s reached out regularly to assistant coach Charley Wiles. And their relationship has continued to expand.
“We just talked Sunday and we talk a lot,” Dimukeje said. “He wants me to be part of something special in Blacksburg. He keeps reiterating how he wants me to be part of the class. They told me Ekanem is leaving, 43 is leaving and they have some guys leaving. He wants to win a championship and wants me to be a part of that. They need more depth at D-end.”
Some schools have also explored the possibility of Dimukeje at defensive tackle. But the outside might be where he prefers a bit more.
“I’d rather play D-end, but I can play D-tackle,” Dimukeje said. “I’m more comfortable with D-end. I could play both, though. It doesn’t really matter.”
Now, Dimukeje has his sights set on his official visits. He has one more he could possibly take, but for now, only has three for certain.
“It depends how the other three go in January,” Dimukeje said. “I would like to commit before signing day. I just wanna make sure I make the right decision, because it’s a tough one. With Coach (Mike) London leaving (Maryland) now, that makes it easier. He recruited me and that takes everything down a bit.”
Dimukeje’s parents accompanied him to Virginia Tech and will do so on his three set official visits. Their input, along with a few other qualities will help him make a final decision.
“When you visit a school, something just sticks out, that makes you comfortable,” Dimukeje said. “Then, the relationship you have with the coaches and academically. Also, it’s mostly what I like, but with my parents, their feedback helps me make the best decision.”