Three Star TE Talks Duke Visit

With the graduation of two seniors and a depth chart featuring another, the Blue Devils are in need of a couple of TE prospects in the class of 2012. One of those has more than a dozen offers and visited Duke last week.

"I have 13 written offers right now and most of those coaches are in constant contact," said Barnegat (N.J.) High standout Ryan Morris. "It's early and I'm still looking at all my options though."

Rated as the nation's No. 32 tight end prospect, the 6-foot-6, 250 pound Morris is considered a three star prospect by

He claims offers from Duke, Cincinnati, Buffalo, South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Marshall, Louisville, Purdue, Syracuse, Central Florida, and others. He's already visited Purdue, Indiana, Cincinnati, Louisville, Syracuse, and Duke. Each school is recruiting him as a tight end.

"I visited Duke last weekend. The campus is amazing. The academics are top-notch and the football team is making progress and heading in the right direction. The coaching staff is knowledgable and is making this into a great program."

The Blue Devils were among the first schools to offer a scholarship to Morris, and it came directly from the top.

"Coach Knowles called my high school coach, Coach Davis, and asked me to call him. When I called, I spoke to Coach Knowles and Coach Cutcliffe. Then Coach Cutcliffe offered me a scholarship. He said they really liked me and they wanted me to come down and see the school and see what Duke is all about."

"During my visit I also got a chance to meet Coach Middleton, and we had a chance to sit down with Coach Cutcliffe and talk through a lot. These kinds of visits help because I will most likely commit before my high school season so that I can focus on my senior season."

Until it's time to commit, however, Morris says he's going to work hard on his game while following some good advice.

"The best advice I received regarding recruiting was to find a school where I am comfortable and to surround myself with good people and good academics. In the meantime my high school team is entered in several 7 on 7 tournaments and I'm working on my own to get stronger.

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