Duke On Michigan TE's Radar

The Blue Devils already have one athletic tight end commitment on the board in 2012 and it appears they may be fishing for another as this Michigan standout is planning for a visit.

"Right now I have offers from Central Michigan, Western Michigan, and Buffalo," said Detroit (Mich.) Catholic Central High standout Matt Doneth. "My top schools who have not yet offered are Northwestern, Duke, Boston College, Michigan, and Michigan State."

Doneth, who hopes to major in International Business when he arrives on a campus next fall, says he has no timetable for a decisions, but hopes to gain more offers as the summer goes along and his camp performances and tapes find their way in front of the right evaluators.

"I think the camps are a good way to see the campus, to meet the coaches, and to really show the teams what you can do as a player. I really enjoy checking out the different schools and I love to compete so camps are great for me. The main goal of any player attending a camp, however, is to get an offer and to get better as a player."

The Blue Devils have been active in Doneth's recruitment over the past few months, working to establish a relationship through a team of assistant coaches.

"They've really talked about the academics at Duke and what a degree from there will mean for their players away from football. On the field they've talked about how much they love the way I block on the line. The coaches have told me they are very interested, but they are going to wait for an offer until they see me in camp. They want to see me running routes and catching balls to see if I'm a good fit."

"Duke has really talked to me about how the program is turning around and just how much work has been put in by everyone there. They know it's going to pay off and very soon. They will be competing for championships in the near future."

When he camps in Durham, Doneth says he'll be ready as he believes his strengths as a player center around his ability to run routes and his speed off the line. Combine those attributes with a 6-foot-5, 230 pound frame and there's a lot of potential. Plus he's a 3.5 student in the classroom. But time is limited as Doneth hopes to commit before the end of his senior season.

"Right now I'm just learning as much as I can about each of the schools and trying to make the best decision possible for me. I really don't have a set timeline, and just want to make sure that I do it right."

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