UVa’s top remaining linebacker target is gearing up for his final three official visits. Jermaine Dias , the all-everything prospect from Hackensack, NJ, will visit North Carolina this weekend, Virginia on January 17th, and Boston College on January 24th before making a final decision.
He is ready to get his visits going.
“Yeah, I’m excited,” said Dias, who names no leader at this point. “During the summer, I went around and visited these schools, got to know the coaches and hung out for awhile. Now I really to get to see these schools. It’ll make my decision real easy after I’m finished…at least I hope so.”
Dias has already taken a trip to Maryland, where he had a good time and learned a little bit about what he wants in his school of choice.
“Maryland was good,” said Dias. “It helped me because I figured out some things that I want in a school and some things that I don’t want. What it will come down to is my relationship with the coaches. I want to be in a pretty good situation. I also want to be able to play a lot by my red-shirt or sophomore season. Playing time is important.”
While Dias’ talent alone would make someone wonder why a red-shirt would be necessary, there is one thing to consider – the 6-2, 215 pound All-American played defensive end throughout his high school career, and all of the schools he is considering want him to play outside linebacker.
Dias is confident he can play the outside linebacker position, however knows the transition could be a bit of an adjustment.
“The adjustment will definitely be tough,” said Dias, who racked up 116 tackles and 19 sacks from his defensive end position as a senior. “Honestly, I think it would help me a lot if I were to red-shirt. But if the coaches feel I have the talent to play right away, than that’s what I’ll do.”
One advantage Dias will surely have is the confidence he has gained from his career at Hackensack. Before the 9th grade, Dias came in, tried out, and made the varsity squad. Hackensack, which is one of the storied high school programs in the state of New Jersey, boasted a lot of talent at the time, yet Dias still found a spot on the team.
“I guess Coach Dass just felt I had the talent to play right away,” said Dias. “They had like six to eight...
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