In-State TE Talks Duke

One of the top TE prospects in the class of 2012 from North Carolina recently sat down with TDD to discuss his recruiting process, his interest in Duke, and more.

"Right now I have offers from NC State, Duke, Arizona State, Vanderbilt, and East Carolina," said Morrisville (N.C.) Panther Creek standout Dan Beilinson. "Florida, Maryland, Wake Forest, South Carolina, and Notre Dame have all also invited me to Junior Days"

Measuring out at 6'5 and 220 pounds with a 4.8 forty time on the books, Beilinson plays both tight end and punter for the Catamounts. At the next levee he's being recruited as a pass catching tight end.

"As a player I think my best strengths are my hands, my route running, and my vision. The coaches who have recruited me have said the first things they've noticed are my work ethic and my ability to be contribute as both a blocker and a pass catcher. I do know that I need to continue to improve my strength and speed, however."

His junior season saw Beilinson haul in 37 catches for 553 yards and two touchdowns on his way to picking up All-Conference and second team all-State honors from at least one publication. It also ramped up the recruiting process as most every school in his home state began showing interest including the Blue Devils who invited him to junior day in January.

"That is when they offered me - at January's junior day event. Coach Cutcliffe and Coach Luke are both recruiting me and I have a good and friendly relationship with both of them. I really like their coaching staff and the location of the school. Of course, with Duke, you also are going to get a great education. Overall I think they also have very nice facilities and a promising future with their staff."

With so much time and his options growing daily, Beilinson doesn't have a timetable just yet, though he does have a list of criteria that will go into his decision.

"School size doesn't really matter to me, but academics are very important. I'm also not really worried about the conference or the location. It's mainly about the academics and the relationship with the coaches."

So far he's made just three trips - to Duke, NC State, and North Carolina. As the spring takes hold, however, Beilinson says he'll start formulating a schedule for camps and other recruiting trips.

"I haven't had a ton of time to really look at it to this point because of high school basketball."

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