Top 40 tackle recaps Duke visit

Even with recruiting spots at a premium in a fast filling recruiting class, there's always room for a quality offensive tackle. That very player was on campus this week for a cross-country unofficial visit. So was the trip enough to keep Duke in the running for this three star player?

"The Duke visit went great for me," said Fountain Valley (Calif.) offensive tackle J.D. Hinnant. "I had a chance to visit the school and see everything Duke offers on and off the field."

For the Blue Devils, hosting the nation's No. 36 offensive tackle was the culmination of a recruitment that began more than a year ago. It was also a chance to, hopefully, secure a spot on Hinnant's list of finalists that will be in-line to receive official visits as this recruitment heads into the final stages.

Currently Hinnant has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Duke, Colorado, Colorado State, California, Harvard, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington, and Washington State. With so many options - and so few on the east coast - it was imperative that Duke make a lasting impression. So did they?

"I'd definitely say Duke is going to be up there when I look to narrow things down. What Coach Cutcliffe and his staff are building is really impressive. They have a plan on how to turn that program around and into a winner."

In addition to meeting the coaches and players, Hinnant's tour guide took him around to meet professors in the engineering department. It's a field in which Hinnant intends to major.

Now that he's returned home, Hinnant says it's time to think about narrowing his list and deciding on official visits. One is already set - a Sept 30th date to Nebraska - which leaves four more.

"Right now I'm not sure if I'll take all of them, but right now that's my plan. Of course things could change."

Hinnant will begin his Fall practice on Monday.

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