Devils Working For Durham Prospect

The Blue Devils continue to work hard on the recruiting trail in the class of 2012. Especially in-state where Duke has offered one of Durham's best prospects.

"Right now Duke has verbally offered me a scholarship," said Durham (N.C.) Jordan standout Phillip Williamson. "I am also being recruited by North Carolina, Auburn, Wake Forest, and East Carolina."

Williamson, a 6-foot-2, 210 pound prospect, has been recruited to play safety, wide receiver, and even outside linebacker by the various programs. During his junior season Williamson recorded over 125 tackles on the defensive side of the ball while also hauling in four touchdowns in a limited receiver role for Jordan. The production caught the attention of the Duke coaching staff pretty quickly.

"They have really been working to establish a relationship with me. They want to get to know me as a person and a player. Coach Middleton is my recruiting coach and he's been great at keeping a good conversation every time we talk."

Recently Williamson, who grew up a North Carolina fan, visited the Duke campus. That trip seemed to change his recruitment in a big way and may have put the Blue Devils out in front early on.

"I visited Duke and before I did, I never would have thought it was a perfect fit for me. It was a great experience for me. They are one of the top schools in the nation and in the top 15 in the entire world. Having the ability to have that kind of degree to fall back on is huge. On the field, Duke has recruited a lot of great young talent and the coaching staff is as good as it gets. They are turning it around pretty quickly when you consider everything."

In addition to the Duke staff, Williamson says the coaches showing the most love are Clemson and North Carolina. Neither program has offered, though both have indicated that a good summer could remedy that. With that in mind Williamson will head into the summer camp circuit on a mission.

"It's really about getting better as a player, but camps are also a chance for me to get to know the coaches and players at the different schools while I'm there showing what I can do. One thing I want to work on this summer is to improve my 40 time and to show that I can compete with the best."


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