Ohio Lineman Has High Praise For Duke

Linemen are always hot commodities on the recruiting trail and the Blue Devils have several on the radar early in 2012. One of them is Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy High standout Kenton Playko.

"I currently play left tackle for my high school and there are a number of schools who are recruiting me at different levels said Kenton Playko. "More than 30 schools are sending me constant mail and emails since last September. 19 schools have visited me at my high school. Eight have come more than once. 12 programs invited me to games and I attended eight of them. I try to stay in touch with several of these schools so that I can learn more about their academic and football programs."

At 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, Playko is being recruited primarily as a tackle prospect by most of the schools thanks to strong footwork and a high level of general athleticism in the trenches.

"A lot of schools want me to top out around 285 pounds or so. I am running around a 5.1 in the forty, but we work on speed and agility once a week. The coaches are telling me they really like my frame and the technique I've developed when blocking and that they are suer I'll be able to easily handle gaining more good weight. One thing I worked hard to improve was firing off the snap."

Duke was one of the more active schools in his recruitment and Playko made a trip to Durham this past season to see a game. As the summer camp circuit begins to take shape, the Ohio native credits the Blue Devil coaching staff for the work they are putting in with him.

"Coach Luke has been the one recruiting me. He is in charge of my process and recruiting Ohio in general. He's also the offense lineman coach. I've met him several times and we've exchanged calls and emails. He's a great coach and has a lot of passion for the team and what they are doing at Duke. I'd be honored to be coached by him for the next four or five years."

Playko's impressions of Duke didn't stop with Luke's efforts either.

"From what I've learned so far, it is a family atmosphere there and it is contagious. They are all focused on getting better on the field and supporting each other in the academic portion of school as well. Their energy is great. When I was at the Virginia game they were dancing on the sidelines and having fun and they were winning. I felt that was great."

Early on Playko has offers from Toledo and Buffalo while schools such as Duke, Virginia, Northwestern, Boston College, Iowa, Stanford, Oregon, Indiana, Michigan State, Cincinnati, and West Virginia have all been in constant contact.

Having already made 11 unofficial visits to eight different schools, Playko is getting an early jump on the process and has a set criteria for his choice.

"The academic prestige of the program is absolutely huge for me in my choice. I am also looking for a sense of family. Location isn't a big deal for me. I would like to spend some more time at Duke and would like to get back to Northwestern and to see Boston College for the first time as well. Maybe Stanford too."

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