Boys’ Latin defensive end a coveted player by colleges

Boys’ Latin senior Victor Dimukeje has 35 scholarship offers and Maryland, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest and Rutgers top his list
Boys’ Latin senior Victor Dimukeje has 35 scholarship offers and Maryland, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest and Rutgers top his list (staff photo by Brian Krista)

Boys' Latin football coach Ritchie Schell's first take on Victor Dimukeje was that the transfer from New Town High in Owings Mills was "very, very raw."

Two years later, all the veteran coach can see is the senior's enormous upside.


"He had a ton of potential," Schell said.

Prior to enrolling at Boys' Latin, Dimukeje had only played two years of organized football, and one of those seasons was on the Titans' junior varsity.


Yet Schell feels that the defensive end has evolved into one of the best football players ever to put on a Lakers' uniform.

And with a whopping 35 athletic scholarship offers, according to Schell, there are plenty of other people who feel Dimukeje is pretty good, too.

"I never thought I would get that many," Dimukeje said about offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest and Rutgers.

Those are even more offers than the 6-foot-6, 325-pound Greg Pike, a three-year starter for the University of Georgia, received at Boys' Latin.

"Greg didn't have as many offers as Victor did in high school," Schell said, noting that Pike is projected to be taken early in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Because he carries a 3.6 GPA and wants to major in engineering, qualifying for admission should be as seamless for Dimukeje as sacking a rival quarterback.

"I want to go to a school that has great academics and a great football program," he said. "I want to go to a place where I have a professional relationship with the coach and somewhere I can call home."

Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin came to Boys' Latin last week to see Dimukeje.

"I was so excited he came to see me," Dimukeje said.

Schell added, "Maryland just loves him."

Dimukeje, who has been clocked at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, is certainly not relying on talent alone.

Schell raves about the team co-captain's work ethic that is a model for the Lakers' younger players to follow.


"You have to kick him out of the weight room," said Schell, who is in his 16th season. "We lift after practice, but he stays in there longer than anyone else. He is chiseled like Adonis. He is only 16 and he bench presses 225 pounds 25 times. We have never had anybody do that."

Dimukeje says he makes weight training as important as anything he does in a day.

"I absolutely love lifting weights," he said.

Getting stronger helped Dimukeje make significant strides as a junior.
Dimukeje, who also played offensive tackle, led Boys' Latin in sacks (7) and tackles for loss (8 ½) and finished third in tackles (62).

That type of season earned him all-conference honors playing in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference.

"He's got such a motor and is very athletic," Archbishop Curley football coach Sean Murphy said. "He is the best defensive player in the MIAA. We are a running team and we have found out what kind of player he is. He is physical and can run people down."

"He can also drop back in coverage," he added. "Whatever college gets him is getting the whole package."

The 6-foot-1 ½, 245-pound Dimukeje has five sacks this fall for 3-1 Boys' Latin.

His season got off to an excellent start.

He recorded 10 tackles and had two sacks in a 23-3 loss to Loyola Blakefield, which plays in the MIAA A Conference.

Dimukeje also had two tackles for loss and a sack in a 20-13 victory over St. Mary's on Sept. 23 in Annapolis.

"He has the most unbelievable feet," Schell said. "He has long arms and is so powerful. If he was 6-3, he would be the No. 1 defensive end in the country."

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