Texas DE Has Duke Interest

Big players who can run. That's what Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said he was looking for when he took over the program. In the class of 2012 that recipe will continue to be worked and seems to describe one Texas prospect the Blue Devils have zeroed in on.

"Right now I'm being recruited by Texas, Oklahoma, A&M, Texas Tech, SMU, Baylor, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Michigan, Duke, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Arkansas, Virginia, Kansas State, Northwestern, and Rice," said The Woodlands (Tex.) High standout Mitchell Meyers. "I am not in a hurry and am still learning about each of the schools."

The reason for so many programs chasing the 6-foot-3, 245 pound prospect is clear. He has the size, speed (a 4.7 forty), and strength (305 pound bench press max and 280 pound power clean) of a prototypical Division I prospect. But, just passing the look test isn't enough. Players need to perform on a high level on the field as well. And Mitchell certainly answered the call as a junior.

"I had 65 tackles, 9.5 sacks, nine hurries, one fumble recovery, and two deflected passes. We went 10-0 in the regular season and won district. However, we lost in the first round of playoffs to Klein Oak."

Meyers' efforts resulted in a 1st team all-district and All-State junior team nod as voted on by 5atexasfootball.com. So what is it that allowed him to be so effective?

"As a player my best attribute is that my motor keeps going all game. I think opponents notice my size and speed on the line, but also that I can run as well. I know I need to work on getting off blocks faster though."

As for Duke, the Blue Devils have been in contact early and hope to continue to build a relationship and mutual interest.

"Coach Petri recently sent me a letter in the mail introducing himself. He's the new defensive line coach from The University of Miami. I'm excited to build a relationship with him and learn more about the program. I haven't had a chance to visit the campus and see the facilities yet, however. I would say my main interest starts with the education I'd receive at Duke while having a chance to play in the ACC."

Being so early in the process Meyers says he's taking his time, but he does have a rough outline of what he is looking for in a school as he's planning his summer schedule.

"Academics are very important for me and I am also looking at the location of the school. I have already been to Texas A&M's junior day and I really enjoyed that. I am going to SMU and Arizona for junior days in the coming months. I would really like to look at Duke this summer because I am curious about the program and what it's all about."

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