Tennessee has been hosting tons of recruits over the last couple weeks. UT’s coaches have been holding and attending camps since the end of May, and the Vols have been getting themselves in front of some highly-rated prospects in the process.
Now, one of the top offensive tackles in the 2020 class has made his way to Knoxville on Tuesday.
Marcus Dumervil is a four-star lineman who plays for the prestigious St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On Tuesday afternoon, he tweeted out his location, and it showed that he was in Knoxville.
— Marcus Dumervil (@marcus_dumervil) June 11, 2019
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Dumervil is the No. 127 overall prospect, No. 14 offensive tackle, and No. 16 prospect in the state of Florida in the 2020 class. He holds offers from many of the top programs in college football, including Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU, Auburn, Michigan, Florida, Miami, USC, and many others.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman is the nephew of former NFL star and five-time Pro Bowler Elvis Dumervil, and he’s cousins with current Louisville defensive lineman Dejmi Dumervil Jean.
Dumervil received an offer from Tennessee back in late January. The four-star lineman has never been to UT before this week, but he’s taken tons of visits elsewhere. Dumervil has made unofficial visits to Miami (twice), UCF, Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Louisville in 2019, and he’s already taken official visits to LSU and Oklahoma.
Not only does Dumervil excel at offensive line, but he plays along the defensive line for St. Thomas Aquinas as well. It’s unclear right now what position Tennessee is recruiting him at, but most schools seem to be focusing on him as an offensive lineman.
On offense, Dumervil already looks the part of an offensive tackle at the collegiate level. He has a great base and long arms, and he has great hand placement in pass blocking. Dumervil has a good first step, and he keeps his balance exceptionally well. Even when he gets beat, he often does enough to obstruct the pass rusher to still keep him away from the quarterback. On defense, Dumervil is aggressive and plays both at tackle and end. He’s not the quickest off the end, but he has good strength and is more technically sound than most high school linemen.
As a defensive lineman, Dumervil recorded eight tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, and a pass defended in seven recorded games on MaxPreps.
The Vols have a mighty need for both offensive and defensive linemen in the 2020 class, so looking at Dumervil in either position makes sense. But it looks like Dumervil might have a higher ceiling as an offensive linemen, and Tennessee only has one offensive lineman currently committed to them in their 2020 class.