Since 2017 National Signing Day back in February, it has been clear that the 2018 football recruiting class would be heavily focused on landing defensive linemen. That being the case, why not add a relative of one of the best pass rushers in school history? And why not add him at the team’s most glaring position of need? Louisville did just that on Sunday by getting a commitment from Demji Dumervil Jean, an offensive and defensive lineman out of south Florida. He also just happens to be the nephew of former Card great Elvis Dumervil.
Dumervil (6’5, 367) is both an offensive and defensive lineman for Ft. Lauderdale, FL powerhouse program St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He lists offers from an impressive set of schools including Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Virginia Tech. Many of these offers were for Dumervil Jean to play offensive line. This is where most recruiting services rate him as a prospect. Louisville, however, plans to use him as a space eating nose tackle in its 3-4 defense.
Dumervil Jean’s commitment is very big for Louisville for a number of reasons. It’s always good to get a semi-legacy kid to commit. It means the family’s had a good experience at the school and wants that to continue. It’s also good to fill the sorest need on the roster. It’s even better for a young coach like Cort Dennison to fill that need by plugging in to one of the best high school programs in the country, in a talent rich state, and beat a number of impressive programs while doing it.
Dumervil Jean gives Louisville nine commitments for the class of 2018, eight of which are from the state of Florida.