Yesterday, BDN featured an interview with new Duke QB target Thomas Sirk, more of a traditional pro-style quarterback prospect with a 6’5” frame. Historically, Head Coach David Cutcliffe has had great success with quarterbacks from this mold, with Peyton and Eli Manning serving as exhibits A and B. Given recent trends in the game of college football and the success Duke had in 2010 with freshman Brandon Connette, the Duke staff would love to add a dual-threat quarterback to the class of 2012. Recent players like Cam Newton at Auburn and Darron Thomas at Oregon have been elite program-changers, and the Blue Devils have targeted a dual-threat prospect from Florida in hopes of similar success. At 6’3” and 170 pounds, Bilal Marshall, has an agile frame and a natural athleticism that makes him the elusive playmaker Duke needs. Duke was among the first to offer Marshall early in 2011, and have remained aggressive in their pursuit of the Dade Christian star throughout the spring and summer. After a dozen scholarship offers, Marshall has landed on four top schools, and the Blue Devils have made the cut. BDN first spoke with Bilal back in February, and recently caught up with the talented athlete after his trip to Durham. [private]
BDN: I know your recruitment has really picked up since we last spoke; how many offers are you up to now?
Right now I’m at 12 offers from several schools such as Wake Forest, Duke, Kansas, Purdue, Boston College, Tulane, Northwestern, FIU, Rutgers, and a couple more I can’t think of right now.
BDN: Which schools have you had a chance to visit this summer?
This past weekend I was just at Wake Forest and Duke.
BDN: How did those visits go for you?
It went great, I got a great feel for the city and the coaches. It was a great thing.
BDN: What other visits do you have planned?
Towards the end of July, I’m going to be taking a trip to Purdue and Kansas to see what I can find out there.
BDN: Where would you say you are in your recruiting process?
I’m pretty much towards the end, I’ve narrowed it down to those four schools right now.
BDN: So you’ve narrowed it down to Wake Forest, Duke, Purdue, and Kansas? And are all four schools recruiting you as a quarterback?
Yes. And yes.
BDN: In addition to your visits in July, what else do you have planned for the summer?
Just footwork, that’s basically it, just getting stronger each day and working on my feet.
BDN: What are your plans for narrowing things down and making your decision?
Yes, I’m going to take my officials in the fall to get a football game aspect of it, to see how the atmosphere is during the game, what it’s like if I were to play football at those schools and then after that I’ll make my decision.
BDN: Thanks a lot, Bilal and best of luck to you.
Alright, I appreciate it.