Korona is being recruited as an offensive tackle and has the height and frame (6-foot-5 and 260 pounds) to be a prototypical player on the outside. Duke found him a few months ago and upped the interest quickly. So much so that Korona and his family made the trip to Durham for an unofficial visit to hear the entire recruiting pitch.
"I liked what Coach Latina had to say, and I think that Duke Football is going to do some great things in the next few years. It's obvious that there is some rebuilding of the program and its history, and a lot of people are excited about it. Coach Cutcliffe has a great vision for the Duke Football and its obvious that he is going to have success."
That vision started, according to Korona with a tour of the new facilities, which didn't fail to make an impression.
"It is very evident that they have made a lot of investments into the facilities in the let few years. The new indoor field is incredible and the plans for the improvements to the Stadium are really impressive. I think that the program is a really strong program and has some great years ahead of it."
Of course no trip to Durham would be complete without a chance to pitch academics and off the field opportunities, something Korona was acutely aware of during his time on campus. The visit even allowed him to overcome some preconceived notions about the school and the overall environment.
"I am even more impressed with the academics today than I was originally. I got to talk to some individuals about their sports medicine programs and the physical therapy program and was very impressed. Also, the campus was a much more laid back place than I though it would be. I was very comfortable walking around the campus and the people that I met were all really very nice. I think that I had this thought that it would be a little stuffy, but it was quite the opposite."
With his recruiting process just kicking into high gear, Korona isn't thinking decision any time soon and has hosted a number of other programs including Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Illinois, and some Ivy League programs at his school. However, the Duke visit and offer do seem to have some lasting appeal for Korona.
"My reaction was just "Wow, Duke University". This whole recruiting process has been such a blessing and it kinda takes a while for everything to sink in. My reaction today is still "Wow, Duke University", I mean its one of the greatest universities in the country and the world."