November 11, 2009
Dismuke Picks up First Offer
For all of the talent that is produced by the state of Oklahoma year in and year out it's almost always a group that is devoid of elite talent along the offensive line, however that may not be the case for the in-state crop of 2011. Most are already aware of Sallisaw lineman Garrett Gladd but a player who has put together a huge junior year is Duncan's Dylan Dismuke.
The 6-foot-6, 292-pound offensive tackle first became known as a sophomore but didn't become a truly prevalent name in recruiting until showing up at Oklahoma's summer camp last June.
However, it's been his junior season that has seen him come on for one of Oklahoma's most surprising 5A teams.
A junior season that recently helped him receive his first scholarship offer, from Texas Tech, as well as massive amounts of mail from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisville, and UCLA among many others.
So far though he is just focusing on his season.
"The offer made me pretty happy but I've been trying to stay away from thinking about all of that because right now it really doesn't matter," Dismuke said. "I'm just going to play, I've been trying to keep things quiet and honestly most people don't even know about the offer."
This week the Demons will be facing against one of Oklahoma's top programs over the past few years, 2007 Oklahoma state champions Guthrie. The Blue Jays are led by star-edge defender Kentrell Brothers.
The big offensive tackle says that he knows Brothers but there won't be any problems with getting after his fellow talented junior.
"I played for Oklahoma Magic for (former Oklahoma basketball player) Bryan Van. I went to Las Vegas and stuff with him back during my freshman year. I really haven't talked to him much since then so I'll just worry about taking care of business," he said.
While Guthrie signals the start of the playoffs Duncan is already familiar with big games after battling El Reno for the district title last Friday night. Duncan fell short in a 14-7 loss to one of the state's best 5A teams.
"We had trouble moving the ball, we pretty much dominated the whole game other than one big play that really hurt us," he explained. "It was seven to nothing and then 4th and 20, and they scored on like a 40-yard pass late in the first half.
"We didn't help ourselves, we only had one good drive on offense. I don't know what happened on it but we just got it going."
While Dismuke would have liked to bring home a district title to Duncan he says that the experience of the game and playing tooth and nail against one of the state title favorites gives himself and his team a lot of confidence.
"It gives us a lot of confidence. It was really one of those games that we screwed up and got beat on; we had a lot of opportunities to win that game. We couldn't move the ball enough to win," he explained.
While his focus is clearly on this weekend's playoff opener he did take some time to talk about some of the college campuses he had visited in the past.
"I went to the Oklahoma State camp last summer which was a no-pads camp, it was by invitation. I just got off having that broken bone in my foot, and then I went to Oklahoma and I got it again after a day and a half," he said. "I was a little frustrated that I didn't get a chance to do a lot because I needed to heal before my season.
"I think when football season ends, I'll get around to it more then, in January I'll start thinking about it."
Dismuke, like many super-sized offensive lineman has dealt with a lot of questions about his footwork but since early on in his athletic career he has taken part in AAU basketball that has helped him with proper movement.
"Basketball, it's just one of those deals. It's fun to play and stuff, helps me with me with my feet. In middle school and my freshman year I liked playing but I want to continue playing football now, it's the one I enjoy the most."
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