Duke Football welcomes 20 new prospects to help Coach Cutcliffe build his vision of turning Duke into a winner and Blue Devil Nation has been on the scene all day long Patrick Cacchio has the behind the scenes details for our premium members on the message board and he’s been at it all day long even breaking the news on key last minute landings. But without further ado, here is a one on one just concluded with Coach David Cutcliffe via BDN Video -
Duke hosted over 100 football prospects over the weekend, but only a small group of attendees currently hold Duke scholarship offers. Dillon Lucas, a 6’2” 212 pound linebacker from Medford, NJ, is one of the prospects with an offer and BDN caught up with Dillon after his visit on Saturday.
Dillon is currently evaluating several schools and is not forcing a decision in his recruitment. He said he wants to “talk to as many schools as possible, and make a decision at the end of the season, unless of course a school blows me away.” As for Duke, they are one of the top schools that have offered a scholarship so far, and he described his overall visit to Durham as “really nice.”
“I really liked talking with the coaches. There was a really good atmosphere for the game and I really liked touring around campus,” Dillon told BDN by phone Saturday evening. “As for the game, the outcome didn’t really reflect how Duke played. They competed and played really hard.”
Dillon has been in recent contact with West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Penn State, North Carolina State, Bucknell, Buffalo, Villanova, and Temple, along with a few other programs. One of the most important things to Dillon is finding out what they are looking for in a linebacker. “I know I am a certain type of player. I like to be vocal and really lead the defense, so I want to know if that’s what they like,” he explained. “I’m also looking at the opportunity for early playing time, who they have, who else they are recruiting, and what their plan is. The overall campus lifestyle is also something I’m looking at.”
On the field, Dillon is a vocal leader, and was elected captain of his team at Shawnee High School. Shawnee is currently 1-0, with their second game scheduled for Monday evening. Dillon describes himself as a hard-working playmaker on the defensive side of the ball. He’s working to improve his reaction time to become quicker to the ball, and is looking to be more physical. His goal is to become the best player and teammate he can; “I want to be someone my coaches and teammates can rely on to make a play when it’s 4th and 1. I like that pressure,” he said.
Dillon’s priorities are school, family, and football, and he hopes to find a school that will help him become the best player and person he can.
Cody Robinson is a 6’4” 305 pound offensive guard from Mc Minnville, Tennessee. He describes himself as a “high motor” player who thrives in fast-paced games where he can utilize his size and strength to make blocks. He bench-presses 445 pounds and squats 565 pounds, combined with a 4.92 second 40-yard time and 4.39 second shuttle. For his senior year, he says “every player dreams of winning a state championship, that’s my goal. I also want to just be the best football player I can, improving on my speed and strength.”
Cody hasn’t finalized his summer plans yet, but intends to attend camps at Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Duke, and Arkansas. He’s looking to find a school where he fits in with the players and coaches, and hopes to further evaluate that during camps and other visits.
Currently, Cody holds 8 scholarship offers, from Duke, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Tulane, and Chattanooga. He’s also been in contact with coaches from Tennessee, Georgia Tech, UCLA, and Arkansas. Location will not be a big factor in Cody’s decision, once he finds the school that is the perfect fit, whether it’s from the SEC, ACC, or PAC-10.
Duke and Vanderbilt have been recruiting him the longest, and he has visited both campuses. He has also recently visited Illinois, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, and Kentucky. On his visits, he’s found a couple schools that stood out because he felt he “naturally got along with the people there,” but he’s not ready to declare a leader. From the Duke staff, he’s been mostly in contact with offensive line coach Matt Luke and is looking to finalize his choice before his senior year.
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Duke Football is hot on the recruiting trail and offensive lineman are on the menu this week. BDN’s Patrick Cacchio talked with three offensive line prospects and here is the first offering.
Cacchio and our staff will be keeping tabs on several gridiron prospects as BDN Premium expands it’s coverage of football recruiting.
Mack Crowder is a 6’4” 270 lbs junior center from Bristol, Tennessee, who currently holds offers from three ACC schools. Mack has been chosen as a preseason All-State and All-American center, and has yet to allow a sack in his high school career.
On the field, Mack uses the snap count to “fire off hard,” making solid blocks in both for both the running and passing game. He likes to use his speed to make blocks downfield and feels he’s a tough matchup for most linebackers. For his senior year, his goals are to “get better, stronger, faster, and smarter at playing football.” In the classroom, he wants to keep up his good grades to prepare himself for college.
For his college choice, Mack is looking for a school with a good mix of academics (he has an interest in business or management), football, and location. So far, he has received three offers from ACC schools that all meet his criteria – Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Duke. He really liked the physical style of football at Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, but mentioned that Duke has the best academics and a football team that is “getting better every year under Coach Cutcliffe and the coaching staff.” Mack has visited all three ACC schools and met with the head coaches, and hopes to make additional visits this summer to develop relationships with the staffs.
Mack has also received offers from Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee, and hopes to have more offers soon. He hopes to finalize his college choice before the start of his senior year. Mack plans on attending at least two or three camps this summer, pending his father’s work schedule. BDN will be in touch with Mack again as he nears his college decision.