LB prospect Jermaine Dias concluded his brilliant Hackensack (NJ) career with an interception and a forced fumble in the Division 4, North 1 State Championship game. The Comets lost 25-23 in a heartbreaker to Bayonne, however Dias’ performance was indicative of the way he played throughout his high school football career.
“We just expect great things from him,” said Hackensack Head Coach Ralph Dass. “One assistant coach asked me the other day what my favorite play from Jermaine was, and I couldn’t tell him. He makes great plays every game.”
Dias led Hackensack with 116 tackles and 19 sacks on the season. He now looks toward his future, as he takes his first of four official visits this weekend, checking out the campus of the University of Maryland.
“He’s down there now,” said Dass. “Nothing’s changed, he is down to the same four schools – Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Boston College. He might take a fifth visit, but I don’t think he really will.”
Dias does not name a leader at this point, however two schools may be on his mind a little bit more than the rest.
“I think he will end up at either North Carolina or Virginia,” said Dass. “That is just my feeling, nothing Jermaine has said, just a feeling I get from talking to him.
“He likes Virginia’s coaches and the campus is beautiful. That is what he likes about North Carolina as well though. It may just come down to who can do a better job of selling.”
Jermaine Dias is one of the top prospects on the East coast, and he could contribute early for the Cavaliers as a true freshman. The official visits may make the difference here, with Dias visiting North Carolina on January 10, Virginia on January 17, and Boston College on January 24.
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