Duke Stands Out Early For NC DE

Another in-state prospect has scored an early Duke offer. This time it's Carlos Wray, a 6'2 defensive end prospect from Shelby (N.C.) High. So where do the Blue Devils stand in this recruitment?

"I'm really tight with Coach Cutcliffe," said junior defensive end target Carlos Wray. "Right now Duke is definitely leading the pack in recruiting because I really like the coaches. All of them."

In addition to the relationship with the coaching staff, the Blue Devils were the first program to offer the 6-foot-2, 250 pound prospect. Though several other programs are looking to follow suit.

I've taken visits to Duke, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. I'm also hearing from schools like East Carolina, Clemson, and Georgia Tech. Right now I'm in the process of learning about the different schools and thinking about camp schedules.

Of course whenever a prospect names a leader early on, it's hard not to consider the possibility of an early commitment.

"I've definitely thought about it, but right now I am taking some visits to see what all is out there. I don't want to jump on something too early, but at the same time I don't think it makes sense to wait too long if I find what I'm looking for."

In addition to his 6'2, 250 pound demographics, Wray has also recorded a 4.6 forty time and impressive weight room numbers of 315 pounds on the bench press and 475 pounds in the squat. He credits that strength for much of his success throughout his high school career.

"I feel like my strength is exploding off the ball and then ball hawking throughout the play. I do a lot of film study of the opponents' offensive line so I can find and exploit the weaknesses."

As a junior Wray recorded 93 tackles and 14.5 sacks for Shelby while also registering 21 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. At the next level he projects as either an outside linebacker or defensive end though he has a preference.

"Some coaches have told me I'm not tall enough to play defensive end, but I tell them to look at my tape and tell me that. I play fast and strong, but if I find a school that fits and they are sure it is best for me to play outside linebacker, that's a transition I will make."

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