Young adults on Summer break usually spend their time enjoying leisure and R&R. Summer vacations, going to the lake, waking up late, staying up even later are typically some of things that come to mind. Some might have had a Summer job to put a little coin in their pocket, but for a 6’4.5, 330+lb DT commit for the University of Louisville football program, Summer is anything but typical. TheCrunchZone.com recently caught up with Class of ’18 Cardinal commit and fan favorite Dejmi (Dez) Dumervil Jean to update the fans of his Summer progress.
One thing’s for certain, Dumervil Jean’s summer has involved a lot of hard work and a continued resolve as Dez says his Summer is going “pretty good and been working non-stop.” He continued to say “the workouts have been great! They’re tough, but it’s something that’s going to get me right for the upcoming season. I just feel better than I’ve ever felt before and I think I’m going to have a dominant season.”
Some have said confidence is an earned character trait through many trials in the face of adversity and through hard work. It’s no different for Dez as he’s spent his Summer working on his physique and his craft for the upcoming season. “I’m down 20lbs, got my bench max up to 415lbs and I’ve increased my strength in almost everything. I’m faster too!” When asked how he’s achieved these positive results thus far this Summer, he said he’s been “hill running, sprinting, weight lifting and doing lot of core exercises,” “and what I’m focused on improving is getting quicker.” Unsurprisingly, he stated “the summer heat has been kicking my butt” (and added a laughing emoji!).
The hard work isn’t going unnoticed either. He says many of UofL’s coaches “show love and support” and he keeps in regular contact with Coach Cort Dennison. “They love all the progress I’ve been making” and it’s that progress he hopes to put on display for Coach Petrino, Coach Dennison and the rest of the UofL staff at the 2nd annual “Light Up The Ville” as he’ll most likely be attending. A recruiting event last year that had many current commits at that time and proved to reap many benefits as a successful recruiting haul for uncommitted prospects who attended ended up as a part of the ’17 class; it was the first of its kind for the UofL program and this year is expected to only be bigger and better. What is Dez hoping to show the coaches while at “Light Up The Ville?”: “My abilities and how I will be able to help us win games in the future.”
It wasn’t too long ago that Dez’ uncle, former UofL great Elvis Dumervil was wreaking havoc upon opposing backfields and entrenching himself in Cardinal lore as one of the greatest to ever wear the Red ‘n Black, but much has changed in just the short amount of time since the former great last suited up. There wasn’t a Flight Deck, let alone a fully enclosed stadium expansion(that’ll be more than half finished by the time Dez steps foot on campus), an upgraded, enlarged, revamped Schnellenberger Complex, a Thornton’s Student Learning Activity Center, much less a recruiting event like that of “Light Up The Ville.” What all does this mean to Dez? “He(Elvis) told me from when he was there, a lot has changed. New facilities, new technologies and it’s a great place for me!” “It’s amazing what Louisville has achieved and I want to be a part of the history and it makes me feel great!”
Dez still has a Senior year of football to complete before his arrival for the 2018 season, but that doesn’t mean the future Cardinal doesn’t have his eye on the upcoming season for Louisville in 2017: “I think they’re going to have an amazing season with Lamar back there again. They’ve got new weapons on defense and offense that are very helpful,” and “I think Lamar has the potential to get another Heisman! He’s a great athlete!”
Dez also had a few thoughts on his upcoming season & had a message to the UofL fanbase; “I expect to have a dominant season. NO MERCY to any team, I’m going 100 every down;” as for the fans, “they’re going to be reading about a player who’s a strong, physical athlete that’s unselfish and does whatever it takes to get the win for his team.”
Dez will begin reaping the fruits of his labor on August 25th when St. Thomas Aquinas takes the field to start the season in Fort Lauderdale, FL vs. St. John Bosco (CA).
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