Illinois Signal Caller On Radar

While several positions will see a handful of commitments in the class of 2012, it is unlikely Duke will take more than one quarterback. In fact the Blue Devils haven't extended a confirmed offer to any signal callers at this point. Of course that doesn't mean Duke isn't recruiting some of the best around including one of Illinois' best prospect.

"I have offers from Boston College, SMU, and Illinois right now," said Rochester (Ill.) High standout Wes Lunt. "I have interest from Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Indiana, and Duke as well."

Lunt, who measures out at 6-foot-6 and 195 pounds with a 4.8 forty time on the books, has obtained a very early three star rating from the experts. Much of the early prestige comes on the coattails of a strong junior season in which he passed for 3,125 yards, and threw 30 touchdowns against only four interceptions while guiding his team to the 4A State Championship.

Coaches and scouts both liked what they saw from a mobile 6'6 signal caller, and Lunt says those traits are something he builds from.

"[Coaches] have told me they see my greatest strengths are my poise, accuracy, arm strength, and mobility. I know, however, that I need to improve my footwork and I need to get better at reading defenses."

Soon after the trophy presentation, and actually throughout the season, Lunt began fielding calls and truck loads of mail from the various schools. The Blue Devils were among those teams making the effort.

"My relationship with the Duke coaching staff starts with Coach Roper. I went to their quarterback camp over the summer and enjoyed it. The coaches were all really nice and easy to talk to and learn from. I also really liked their facilities and their planned facilities."

"With Duke, their main pitch to me is being able to come in and get a great education while playing high level football."

Lunt says he hopes to major in either history or business when he gets to college next year. But first he'll have to form a list, narrow it down, and take some visits. So what is it he'll be looking for?

"I want to go somewhere with strong academics and good coaching. I'm also looking for a place that has a certain style offense. I have already visited Iowa, Duke, and Boston College and I am going to visit Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan State."

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