Westray Recaps Official Visit

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Michael Westray chose to Duke in the summer, and has remained steadfast in his commitment. The Westlake High defensive back recently made an official visit to Duke and also played in the Maryland Crab Bowl, and he spoke to Scout.com about both experiences.

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The college career of Westlake High (Walford, Md.) defensive back and Duke commit Michael Westray won't begin for a while yet, but he got a taste of it in during the last week.

Westray played in Saturday's Maryland Crab Bowl, which gave him the opportunity to practice for a week and play against some of the top talent in the state, and against a number of players he will see on the gridiron in years to come.

The most noticeable difference between a highs school game or practice and the Crab Bowl is the speed and strength of the other players.

"I believe I handle myself well physically," the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Westray said. "I prepared for this game, and I understand it. I call this my first college game. There's a lot of talent, a lot of athletes, a lot of size, so you might as well get acclimated playing in a game like this."

Westray said the most impressive skill play he faced during the week of Crab Bowl practice was Old Mill High's (Millersville, Md.) Rob Chesson, who holds offers from Buffalo and Towson.

"He's very agile, very quick," said Westray, who discussed the step up in talent in the game. "It's night and day. It's all talented kids. Nobody is slacking. Everybody is on their game, and there are a lot more athletes out here than at any regular high school football game."

Westray was playing in the game a week after he made an official visit to Duke, where he was hosted by quarterback Anthony Boone.

"It was very fine," Westray said. "I had a wonderful time. I got a chance to meet with all the coaches. They meet with my players. I met with the players, got a chance to go to the players' rooms and see the dorms, and I got a tour."

During the weekend, Westray sat down with Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe, who delivered a direct message.

"They're ready to make a turnaround, and this is the year to do it," Westray said. "This is the recruiting class to do it."

As a senior, Westray made 37 tackles, intercepted one pass and had six pass breakups. He also rushed 17 times for 130 yards and a touchdown and punted 28 times for a 34.1 yard average.

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