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Duke was among the first schools to offer Alabama DE Torey Agee

Run-stopping DE Torey Agee says Duke has “everything I’m looking for”

Duke was among the first schools to offer Alabama DE Torey Agee

With the addition of veteran Defensive Line Coach Rick Petri this offseason, expectations are high for the Blue Devils’ defensive line in 2011 and beyond. Prior to his arrival in Durham, Coach Petri has tutored some of the top units in the country at Miami, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and South Carolina. Throughout his career, Coach Petri has mentored numerous All-SEC and All-ACC defensive linemen, including NFL stars such as Warren Sapp and John Abraham. With a young group of athletic defensive linemen already in Durham, Coach Petri and the Duke coaching staff are looking to bring in potential impact players in the class of 2012. With three talented prospects already verbally committed, Duke is focusing their recruiting efforts on a handful of top recruits, including a big-time run-stopper from Alabama. Torey Agee is a 6’4” 250 pound defensive end from Opelika, AL and the son of former Auburn star Tommie Agee. Since we last spoke with Torey, he’s earned scholarship offers from several top schools, including Stanford and Vanderbilt. The star student-athlete was in Durham this past weekend and caught up with BDN to give his thoughts on his visit. [private]

 

BDN: Which schools have been recruiting you the hardest this spring and summer?

At this point, the schools that have really be in contact with me besides Duke have been Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Southern Miss, and Auburn.

BDN: Which schools have you had a chance to visit recently?

So far I’ve only had a chance to visit Georgia Tech and Duke, but I have plans for other visits later on this summer.

BDN: Do you know which schools you are planning to visit, or is that still up in the air?

I know I’m going to Vanderbilt and I’m probably going to go to camps at Auburn and Troy.

BDN: How did your visits to Duke and Georgia Tech go?

Both those schools are great, they have exactly what I’m looking for and that’s a strong academic program, so it’s right up my alley. Both campuses are beautiful, the football teams are good, the coaches are great, it was just a wonderful trip.

BDN: Since it’s fresh in your mind, can you talk a little about your visit to Duke this weekend?

The Duke visit was great. We toured the whole campus and met some of the coaches and some of the players and they told me what it would be like in a typical day if I became a Blue Devil. It was great, you know, I’m still kind of taking it all in.

BDN: Last time we spoke, you were taking your time with the process. Now that you’ve taken a few visits, do you know how or when you want to start to narrow things down?

No, I’m still pretty much taking my time, like I said,  I don’t really want to rush into anything, so I’m just taking it slow this summer, visiting a bunch of places and trying to get my thoughts together before I pick a school to go to.

BDN: Thanks a lot, Torey, and we look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Alright, thank you.

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Duke was among the first schools to offer Alabama DE Torey Agee

Blue Devils are among the first to offer Alabama DE Torey Agee

Duke and South Alabama are the first schools to offer DE Torey Agee

After finishing last in the ACC in sacks and rushing defense in 2010, Duke hopes to upgrade the defensive front in 2011 with a group of young linemen. While the fate of the 2011 Blue Devil defense rests with Coach Knowles and the players already on campus, the Duke staff continues to work the recruiting trail in search of future stars. Duke was among the first schools to offer a scholarship to a talented run-stopper from the state of Alabama. Torey Agee is a 6’4” 247 pound defensive end from Opelika, AL. The son of former Auburn fullback Tommie Agee, Torey helped Opelika to the playoffs as a junior and has impressed scouts on the spring combine circuit with his speed and technique. The Blue Devils are hoping to get Torey on campus this summer for a visit. Highlights from his junior year can be viewed here.

BDN: Can you start off by describing your strengths for fans who haven’t had a chance to see you play?

I think my biggest strength is my ability to stop the run. I’m pretty explosive off the ball, so that’s my strong points.

BDN: What are some of the things you have been working on this offseason?

Big thing I’m working on is pass rush, finishing pass rush, stuff like that.

BDN: What are your goals for yourself and your team for your senior season?

This season I plan on leading my team in sacks and I think we have a good enough team to make it to state this year, so we’ll see how it all plays out.

BDN: As you look at your college decision, what are the most important factors you are looking for in a school?

Most important thing for me when I’m deciding on college is academics, because that’s really big for me and my family. Any school that’s strong academically, that’s at the top of my list.

BDN: You stressed the importance of academics; is there a specific field that you’re interested in studying?

Right now I think my major is going to be computer engineering, but it could change at any time.

BDN: What are the other schools that you’ve been in contact with the most so far?

I’m getting a lot of interest from Auburn right now. Auburn, Georgia Tech, and South Alabama [USA].

BDN: Have you had a chance to visit any schools so far?

I’ve visited USA, Auburn, Georgia Tech…that’s about it.

BDN: Do you have any other visits planned?

I might be taking a trip up to Duke in the summer, but other than that, none yet.

BDN: You said that you’ve been getting a lot of interest from Auburn. Being close to there and with your father’s history there, is that a program you’ve grown up following closely?

Oh yeah, you know growing up in my house I was always a big Auburn fan.

BDN: Are there any schools that you feel you have a good relationship with at this point in the recruiting process?

Yeah, USA, I think I have a pretty good relationship with the coaches down there, and Georgia Tech.

BDN: Do you have an idea for when you would like to make your final decision or how you would like to narrow your list down?

I plan on taking as long as possible to think this whole thing through, because it’s a huge decision and I don’t want to rush into anything.

BDN: Is there anything else that you think is important for college football fans to know about you?

I broke my school’s power clean record.

BDN: That’s great. Thanks a lot, Torey, and best of luck to you.

Same to you, thank you.