The city of Ottawa as of recently has been known to have some premier defensive linemen. Three of the four players to make it to the NFL from Ottawa have been defensive tackles. Neville Gallimore and Eli Ankou are both in the league putting on for the nation’s capital as we speak but sooner than later there will be more than just the two of them. Defensive tackle Ebenezer Dibula from Ottawa who measured at 6-foot-3, 285 pounds last season when he played at Clearwater Academy International in Florida is headed off to play division one football with Bethune Cookman University. Dibula is one of two Ottawa-raised athletes playing football for BCU in the fall as he prepares to be reunited with defensive back Benjamin Chombe.
Bethune Cookman is getting a quick off the line, strong, smart and hungry football player in Dibula and he has already caught the eyes of CFL’s Montreal Alouettes defensive tackle Michael Wakefield. Wakefield, who has spent 3 seasons in Ottawa with the league’s Ottawa Redblacks has yet to see Ebenezer Dibula in person but on film he describes him saying, “He’s big so they’re going to put him on the line but when you watch him you can tell that he is a great player. He moves fast for his size and he also does a good job of using his hands and can get away from the blockers very well.”
Dibula also caught the eyes of Sports Illustrated All-American writer John Garcia Jr from the games he watched in person at Clearwater Academy International. He said, “He is a great player.” and “You can tell that he has played on the offensive line as well because he does a great job reading the plays and given his size and speed it shows that he can read plays effectively.” As he prepares for the next opportunity to play football which will now be at the big stage at the division one level Ebenezer Dibula has been busy training and making sure he is at the best of his ability when he gets back to Florida, but overall he is super excited. Talking to Jordan Zlomislic of JZ Media following a training session he took part in with the College de Vieux Montreal CEGEP football team in Montreal Dibula commented, “I am super excited to get back to Florida…I am excited to compete at the division one level.”
Watch Ebenezer Dibula very closely as he continues to strive across the Canada-USA border because in no time he will be playing on the same fields as Gallimore and Ankou who are Ottawa-raised defensive tackles in the NFL right now.