TAMPA – Lavel Dumont earned his first collegiate offer before he even played a varsity football game.
The 2018 Wharton tackle took part in a camp last June and Florida A&M extended him an offer as a tight end. Dumont plays tight end on occasion for the Wildcats.
Right now, he has 11 offers in total. He says Toledo, Central Michigan and Massachusetts are contacting him the most. Dumont visited Toledo in March and says he liked the school a lot, but he’s far from making a commitment.
His other offers are Appalachian State, Bethune-Cookman, Howard, McNeese State, Middle Tennessee State, Marshall and Western Kentucky.
Dumont also has drawn interest from Florida, UCF, USF, Washington State, Iowa State and Minnesota.
At 6’5″, 270 lbs., Dumont tacked on 15 lbs. since last season and says he likes how he can move and he’s still wanting to get stronger.
Playing basketball his whole life including the last three seasons at Brooks DeBartolo, the Phoenix don’t have a football team, so Dumont plays at Wharton, last year was his first season.
Lining up at left tackle, Dumont says he came back to play football because he likes to hit people and he saw an opportunity to be a big athletic guy on the field.
This is what he said about his start of his high school football career.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Dumont told Prep Sports Scouting. “After I went against Zach Carter and held my own. I felt comfortable and thought to myself that I could go against anybody.”
Despite attending classes at Brooks DeBartolo, Dumont had to adjust to the Wharton life during game days. He says he built friendships because students started to recognize his talents.
“The atmosphere is different,” Dumont said. “You all have your rivalry games, but most of the games are filled with fans.”
He pointed to his athleticism, hip flexibility and hip strength as his biggest strengths. In terms of what he wants to get better, he wants to improve his strength.
Dumont’s daily schedule is to wake up at 530 in the morning and work out and work out at school before the team practice.
Longtime head coach David Mitchell is someone Dumont looks up to.
“He [Mitchell] instilled me with a good work ethic that I already had in place,” Dumont said. “He helps me as a man and tells me I can’t control what other people and players do.”
Dumont’s goal from here on out is to play four years in college and then go to either the CFL or NFL. He wants to study mass communications.
A family man, Dumont says he’ll do anything for his family. A smart and confident kid, his rise is notable. It doesn’t shock me to see all these programs coming after Dumont hard, he is a big and athletic kid with a lot of poise. His stance is solid and he’ll get even better as a senior.
Favorite players to watch – Cam Robinson, Terrance Williams and Joe Thomas
Playlist before games – Adele and 21 Savage
Favorite movies – Remember The Titans
Favorite TV shows – ESPN
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “I always keep a smile on my face. Even though I might look angry, I’m always smiling. I’m a real nice until it gets to the field.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “Big Daddy Vel”
Game film: Dumont’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: 247 Sports
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