Coach's Corner: Carlos Wray

Duke defensive line coach Rick Petri sits down to discuss in-state commitment Carlos Wray and where he projects early in his career.

Name: Carlos Wray
Position: Defensive Lineman
Ht/Wt: 6-foot-3, 270 pounds
Projected 2012 Status: In-rotation

Projected position: "We're projected Carlos to come in and be on the interior of the defensive line. He's continued to add some good weight and is very explosive. When I saw him on tape, I thought 'This kid is a play-maker'. That's exactly what we need on the inside of the defensive line. We need more and more big time players at that position, and we feel Carlos gives us that." - Rick Petri

Playing early at Duke?: "Ideally you want to redshirt guys, but sometimes you play them because you have to. I've coached a lot of top guys including Warren Sapp, who redshirted, and John Abraham, who played as a true freshman. What it comes down to is how those players adapt to the college game. How do they handle themselves once they start taking snaps against college offensive linemen? With Carlos, we're looking to see how he reacts. Is he going to get in there and show no fear? Is not going to hold back? We won't know for sure until we start practice." - Rick Petri

Play or redshirt?: "I think he'll be on the two-deep when we open the season. We expect him to come in and help out. He'll give us some more depth along the front of the defense. That being said, he's got to come in and do what we expect of him. He's been doing a lot of summer prep work - getting in better shape, and improving his overall conditioning. One thing I do know about him, is that the wants to come in and compete. He wants to factor into our rotation immediately. That kind of approach and mindset is hard to teach and not something that can be faked." - Rick Petri

Recruiting Recap: Wray committed to Duke in June of 2011 and remained solid to the Blue Devils despite continued recruitment and offers from schools such as Minnesota, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and Kentucky. Auburn also got in late and invited him for a visit, which Wray declined.

Scouting Report: "He runs well enough," Shelby head football coach Chris Norman said. "He has a good motor and he has good feet. He has a good frame – he has the frame to where he probably could carry 40 more pounds.

"Is he 6-5? No, he's not 6-5. But he plays taller, because he has that long wingspan.

"As far as his attitude and his personality, he's very mature for a rising senior. He's focused on what he wants to do and what he needs to do – he's focused on working out, getting better, and going to class. A lot of kids will get caught up in the glimmer and glamour, but he's pretty grounded."

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