In-State Safety Has Duke's Attention

Since head coach David Cutcliffe took over in Durham the Blue Devils have made a big effort to recruit in-state. With the class of 2013 board beginning to take shape, that trend looks to continue. This week TDD spoke to yet another local prospect who has picked up heavy interest from Cutcliffe and company.

"I have a lot of interest from a number of schools," said Raleigh (N.C.) Panther Creek standout Dominick Johnson. "Duke, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Clemson, UCLA, Maryland, Minnesota, and NC State are all currently sending me a lot of letters and letting me know they are interested."

It's easy to see why so many schools are already clued in about Johnson. At 6'4 and 180 pounds with a 4.5 forty on the books, he's a prototypical wide receiver, but he's also showed out and gained some interest as a safety.

"I think I have the ability to become a shutdown defender because of my ball hawking skills and my tackling ability. As a receiver I need to continue to work on my route running, and on defense I need to continue to improve my ability to break on the receiver."

Johnson's stock will likely continue to rise this coming summer when he makes his summer camp debut. Something he didn't take part in during the summer of 2011.

"I've been to a couple of combines, but never camped anywhere. I plan on doing several one day camps this coming summer."

When the process does begin to ramp up, Johnson says he'll be ready and he's looking forward to a once in a lifetime chance.

"Right now I just go with the flow, but soon I will have an idea of how to deal with and handle the attention from the difference schools. So far the recruiting process has been great and I'm starting to manage my time talking to the different schools so that I can make it to games and make various trips to visit."

The Blue Devils are among those schools working to establish a relationship and so far the message appears to be sinking in.

"I receive a lot of hand written letters from Duke. In fact I just got one from their safeties coach, Coach Knowles. He was just talking about how he can really see me playing and being successful there. I really like Duke and, of course, their education opportunities are among the best in the country. I also really like what their coaches have to to offer based on their experience."

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