The 2011 Duke Football season is behind us. It’s time to look forward to the future, and that begins with the class of 2012. Duke has already secured 15 verbal commitments in this class, and BDN will profile each of the newest Blue Devils as we head toward Signing Day 2012.
Weight: 245 pounds
Position: Defensive end
Hometown: Tarrytown, New York
High School: Hackley School – NEPSAC Class C
Senior season recap: It was a dissapointing season for the team, losing many close games, and ending up 1-6 (1 game cancelled due to snow storm.) However, I personally think I had a great season and did the best I could to help the team win 100% of the time.
Senior season stats: From the MLB position in only 7 games - 98 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 blocked FG, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 Rush TD
Scholarship offers: Duke
Commitment to Duke: I get to play ACC football and get a fantastic education. Also, the coaches all seemed very wise and competitive. On my unofficial visit over the summer, it seemed like everyone was part of one big family, and everyone was close. Another bonus is the weather (compared to NY). In my eyes, it seemed like the perfect school to play football at. I committed on site during my visit for those reasons.
Considering other schools: No
Academic interests: Business/Finance
Pro or College Role Models: I don’t compare myself to, but strive to be like DeMarcus Ware and Clay Matthews. No one can block them.
College goals: Win an ACC Championship and be 1st Team All-ACC.
Planned enrollment: Summer 2012
Message to Duke fans: I am also a State Champion Track & Field Athlete, and am trying to be an All-American this year.
BDN Scouting Report: Wolf is clearly one of the most intriguing sleeper prospects in Duke’s class of 2012. He’s a tremendous athlete and comes from an extremely gifted family. A.J. has a good frame and will be able to add strength in a college weight program. In high school, he played all over the field for Hackley, a testament to his athleticism at 6’4″ and 245 pounds. He was recruited to play defensive end at Duke, though has the skill set to potentially slide inside to defensive tackle. Wolf didn’t see a very high level of competition in high school, so it remains to be seen how he will fare against college competition. Being able to focus on one position will allow him to perfect his techniques, but he already possesses good instincts and tackling ability. In all likelihood, A.J. will benefit from a redshirt year under Coach Petri in Durham, but his athleticism and intelligence may make it hard to keep him off the field for long.