DeMell played defensive end and nose tackle for Mentor last season but he is being recruited as a center or guard prospect.
"Mainly all (the) schools I've talked to have wanted me to play offensive line," DeMell said in a recent telephone interview.
DeMell has not played offensive line in varsity football yet, but he will do so this fall, he said, in addition to playing on the defensive line. He previously played offensive line in junior varsity and freshman football, and in youth leagues.
He has been to junior days at Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Akron and he expects those four schools to be among the programs who visit Mentor during the spring evaluation period. Though he did not claim any favorites this early in the process, he also expects to attend camps at those four schools this summer. He said he has not received any camp information from Wisconsin yet.
As for other sports, DeMell is a bit unique. He used to play lacrosse, but gave up that spring sport in favor of spending more time weightlifting for football.
His winter sport? Hockey — where he must be an imposing presence with his size. But DeMell is more than a big body on the ice: he has a school-record 145 career points. He is not pursuing any college options for hockey, though, because of the long road to landing a scholarship, which would have to begin with a stint in juniors.