Commitment Spotlight: Erich Schneider

Only a high school junior, wide receiver Erich Schneider has made a commitment to playing for Duke in 2012. With another football season ahead of him before becoming a Blue Devil, the athlete is looking at a very promising recruitment season.

I haven't had any other offers yet," said the 6-6-6, 200 lb. athlete. "But I'm looking at some others. I've been in contact with mostly Texas Tech, Cincinnati, Northwestern, and Harvard a little."

Schneider has yet to make any other visits but, "might if something comes up."

He went on to tell a bit more about his offer and subsequent commitment.

"When I started setting up my stats and info, Duke was probably my top choice," explained Schneider. "So when they offered I was ecstatic. They called me after I went to the camp. They invited me over the summer, met with some coaches, and did some drills. A month or two later, they told me to call coach Dayton. I called, and they offered me."

"I'm really excited about it."

Originally from Ponte Vedra, Florida, the athlete has been in closest contact with Coach Drew Dayton (Defensive Quality Control), who initiated his recruiting efforts.

"He started recruiting me for the Jacksonville area," said Schneider. "I sent some of my stuff out, he saw my highlight tape, and he emailed me. He was the first coach to do that, and the coach I've been in most contact with."

The high school athlete gave some insight to his Duke experience thus far.

"I visited a while ago, and went to the Alabma game," he said. "It was fun, even though the game wasn't very good, but it was cool to see the fans and everything. I'm probably going to stay at the school, maybe January 29th."

Schneider sees the school as a good fit.

"Academically of course," he commented. "But I really love the offense they run. They throw the ball a lot, and me being a receiver, that's really attractive."

"Coach Cutliffe is a great coach. I feel strongly about the future for Duke. I know it's getting better."

As for what he'll bring to the future of the team?

"Hopefully some play-making ability," he explained. "I think I have good speed for my size."

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