One of the things that makes recruiting interesting to follow during the summer months is players that have strong summer camp performances and earn their way to Division I scholarships. Offensive tackle Joe Dembesky of Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian is one of those players that hope to turn a strong performance at a camp into an offer.
"I got back from the Stanford camp a few days ago," Dembesky, ranked as the No. 90 player in California by Rivals.com, said. "Out of 70-linemen they gave awards to four players and I was one of them. So I feel like I did a good job showcasing myself there. I, also, was one of seven kids that got to work out in front of the Stanford head coach and get videotaped."
A Cardinal offer appears to be in the works.
"Coach (Tom) Freeman at Stanford said he liked me a lot," Dembesky said. "He told me he was turning my application into admissions, because the school has to accept me before they can offer me. If everything works out and I get an offer from them they would be right at the top of my list."
A strong spring and summer is nothing new for Dembesky, who is 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds. He's been getting plenty of attention after a solid junior season.
"In May I talked to Washington, Arizona, Stanford, Colorado, Penn, Harvard, Yale, and Holy Cross on the phone," he said. "I think there were a few more, but those are the ones I remember right now. Wyoming saw me at the Stanford combine and called my coach. They told him they had an offer for me so coach gave me their number and I called and talked to Coach (Ron) Wisniewski about it.
"Lately I've been hearing from Wyoming and Arizona the most. I have been getting two hand-written letters a week from Arizona and I talk to Wyoming pretty often."
Dembesky plays on both sides of the ball in high school, but he said he would prefer to play on offense in college and that's what most schools like him at.
"Most schools want me to play offensive tackle because I have good size and I am quite a bit faster than most offensive linemen (4.9-second 40-time)," he said. "If I can put on some weight and keep my quickness I feel like I could be a solid OT at the next level."
And he's working hard at adding weight with his teammates this summer.
"We have summer workouts for school from 9-to-2:30 from Monday until Friday," he said. "We lift and run in the morning. In the afternoon we practice and then run some more. So I have been keeping in shape with that. When I'm not practicing I like to go to the beach. I like to surf and the beach is about a half hour away, so it's nice."