In-State Lineman Talks Duke

North Carolina recruiting is a big priority for the Duke coaching staff. Especially when there are a number of talented prospects from which to choose. That's the case in 2012 and, more specifically, along the offensive line where Duke is looking to land one of the state's best.

"I've played varsity football since the beginning of my freshman year," said Burlington (N.C.) Williams High standout Jacob Ingle. "I've played left tackle, left guard, and nose guard for my school. So far I'm being recruited by Duke, NC State, North Carolina, East Carolina, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Nebraska, Elon, Ball State, App State, and Army."

Ingle, who measures out at 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, is a two year All Conference and All Region honoree for the Bulldogs. His other measureables include a 435 pound bench press max, a 550 squat max, and a dead-lift of 600 pounds. There's also a 325 pound power clean and 30.6 inch vertical jump on the books. In the forty yard dash, Ingle has a personal best of just over five seconds flat.

And while he's a big time football prospect, the gridiron may not be his strongest suit as a student athlete.

"I'm also an All-State musician. I play the upright Bass in the Orchestra at my high school and I play the guitar (acoutic and electric, piano, banjo, and mandolin).  My favorite class right now is Music Theory AP.  We are lucky at our high school to have that type of class.  I also enjoy Math and History. I think most coaches notice that I'm just as interested in Music as I am with football."

On the field Jacob says the first thing coaches notice when scouting are his ability in the passing game as well as his work on one on one run blocking.

As for Duke, the program that has recruited the Old North State continually since head coach David Cutcliffe took over, the Blue Devils have made an early push in the race for Ingle outside of junior day.

"Coach Middleton is recruiting me.  He came to my school last Spring. I enjoyed getting to talk to him at Junior Day.  He has made me feel very welcome but also lets me know that they have huge expectations at Duke. One of my former teammates, Jeff Lynch, plays there, I love the campus, and I love the education I would receive."

"I love the program Coach Cutcliffe is developing. I think in the next few years Duke will become a very accomplished football team. I also would love to get my degree from Duke. I learned at junior day that Duke is the 14th best college in the world."

Soon to be a rising senior, Ingle has an idea of what he is looking for and continues to figure out the details as he continues to take unofficial visits.

"I want to go to a school with a big football program, close to my home state, and a school that could open doors for me in the future."

"I went on recruiting invite games this past fall.  UNC, Duke, State, ECU, West Point, and Vanderbilt.  It opened my eyes about my possible major (which is music or exercise science).  These visits gave me the feel of what a big school is like compared to a small school.  I have also had my interview with West Point and I am also excited about that possibility.  At this point my options are wide open.  I would like to stay closer to home but I am willing to go the extra mile to be able to play football at the next level and to major in my first choices."

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