Texas O-Lineman plans visit

The Blue Devils are continuing to work in the state of Texas looking to land top talent. In 2013 one of the top offensive linemen on the Duke recruiting board hails from San Antonio and spoke with TDD this week.

"As it stands right now I don't have an offer from Duke, but I am probably visiting the campus in mid-April," said San Antonio (Tex.) Reagan High standout Sterling Korona. "I have been really impressed with Coach Roper and am looking forward to my visit."

Korona, a 6-foot-7, 255 pound offensive tackle, reports weight room numbers of 275 pounds on the bench press and 385 pounds on the squat. It's early in the process, but the talented prospect is hearing from a number of programs.

"I don't have any formal offers yet, but I am scheduled to visit Houston and Duke. I've already met with Texas Tech and Texas A&M at my school as well. I have interest from Yale, Princeton, Kansas State, and Illinois. I'd like to hear from schools in Conference USA or any of the Big 12 schools."

Each of those programs is recruiting Korona as an offensive tackle.

"I would say my strengths on the field are my strong work ethic, my discipline, technique, and I'm extremely coachable. At this point I am working with a trainer and nutritionist to add weight and mass while increasing my strength."

A season ago the Blue Devils found a prospect similar when they swooped into Dallas and earned a commitment from Tanner Stone. With Korona, Duke is working the same pitch.

"I'm most interested in them because of the quality of education offered. It has been their main selling point."

As the recruiting process has picked up, Korona has continued to rely on his family and inner-circle to deal with all that comes with the process.

"My family is the biggest help for me with all of this. My sister is also being recruited as a volleyball player, so everyone is very involved. I am in process of coordinating a visit with a very experienced football recruiting consultant here in Texas.  My thoughts on the overall process are that I am very blessed to have the ability and option to play at the next level.  The process can be very stressful and confusing but I strive to view it all as a blessing and privilege.  I try to focus on what I can do to improve my football and academic skill set and let the rest sort itself out.  My Parents are a tremendous help."

Korona says he's interested in pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or some life science.  


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