Wray Says He's Solid

Carlos Wray committed to Duke this week. And he says that commitment isn't changing.

"I chose Duke because it would set me up for life after football," said Shelby (N.C.) standout Carlos Wray. "A degree from Duke will be in high demand and I'll be able to get a job anywhere."

Of course Wray, a 6'3, 245 pound defensive end prospect, was also a big fan of the Blue Devil program and the direction it is headed.

"We are an up and coming program. The coaches and the players are all working hard every day to improve. A lot of very talented guys are coming to Duke. We're going to be good."

With any early commitment, there are worries about continued recruitment from other programs who may have lost out on the verbal, but still have months to earn a signature on a National Letter of Intent. However, Wray doesn't anticipate that being a problem.

"I am solidly committed to Duke. This isn't a soft verbal at all. I'll be at Duke."

Wray has also recorded a 4.6 forty time and impressive weight room numbers of 315 pounds on the bench press and 475 pounds in the squat. He credits that strength for much of his success throughout his high school career.

"I feel like my strength is exploding off the ball and then ball hawking throughout the play. I do a lot of film study of the opponents' offensive line so I can find and exploit the weaknesses."

As a junior Wray recorded 93 tackles and 14.5 sacks for Shelby while also registering 21 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.


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