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At a prep football powerhouse like St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Dejmi Dumervil Jean has plenty of teammates to get in his ear about college.
Aquinas running back Mike Epstein signed with Illinois in February. Linebacker Tyler Dunning chose Mississippi State. Both schools have offered Dumervil Jean.
Then there’s Michigan State. Aquinas defensive end Lashawn Paulino-Bell signed with the Spartans, who offered Dumervil Jean in September, and he’s been letting the junior lineman know about it.
“He’s been telling me the good things on campus, stuff that I’m going to like,” Dumervil Jean told Land of 10. “He’s telling me there’s good food, stuff like that.”
Dumervil Jean, who checks in at 6-foot-4.5 and 367 pounds, per 247Sports, hasn’t yet been able to travel to East Lansing for a visit. He’ll look to potentially do so in the summer.
Michigan State has come to see him. He said he picked up his offer after his squad’s 49-0 win over Plantation (Fla.) en route to a third straight state title.
“They saw me play,” Dumervil Jean said, “and they really liked what I did and how I cause trouble inside, and the linebackers were free to make plays. They really liked that, and then they offered me.”
Dumervil Jean most recently spoke with Michigan State linebackers coach Mark Snyder “a couple weeks ago.” The Spartans want him playing on the defensive line.
Schools recruit him for both offense and defense, and he likes his ability to play both. But he does have a preference.
“Probably D-line,” he said. “It’s just the energy you get from it, causing havoc to the center and the running back and all that. It’s just feels good, and it’s fun. It’s something that I enjoy.”
Dumervil Jean finds himself at about 12 offers, the most recent coming from East Carolina, Kentucky and Louisville. He’s considering going to the Cardinals’ spring game, as they have recruited him hard.
Michigan State, if it keeps showing interest, will most likely get a visit before Dumervil Jean comes to a decision. He wants to know all his options.
“Probably in the beginning of the season,” he said of his target date. “Or after I take my visits and decide which one I like the most.”
More on the defensive line
Should it find a way to land Dumervil Jean, Michigan State wouldn’t get him until the 2018 season. But the Spartans need defensive line help now.
The return of Cassius Peat should be a good start. He posted on Instagram that he would be back at Michigan State after departing following the 2015 season. 247Sports’ Sean Scherer confirmed with Peat that he would re-enroll.
Should the comeback result in a roster spot, the decision is crucial. Michigan State, at one point, looked headed for a five-player defensive line class in 2017, but ended up with three when target Koby Cumberlander headed to junior college and commit Donovan Winter was arrested just before National Signing Day.
And with star lineman Malik McDowell having left the program early for the 2017 NFL Draft, holes need to be filled. Peat, should he be ready to contribute come fall, might allow lineman Kyonta Stallworth to transition back from defense to offense.