Hinnant reflects on Duke visit

He may very well be Duke's top overall target along the offensive line in the class of 2013. Certainly Duke is putting on the full court press for California standout J.D. Hinnant. But is the effort paying off?

"Now that I'm back home and starting high school football, it's given me some time to reflect [on the unofficial visits]," said Fountain Valley (Calif.) lineman J.D. Hinnant. "With the season starting, I'm really looking to narrow down my list before taking some officials. I hope to have a decision behind me by the end of my high school season."

Hinnant is rated as the nation's No. 37 offensive tackle by FoxSportsNEXT, and a three star prospect. He has offers from a number of schools including Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Duke, Harvard, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington, and Washington State. Which is why Duke was so keen to get him on campus.

"When I got to Duke, everything was planned out. I got to meet with Coach Cutcliffe at the beginning of the day, and then again at the end. In the interim, I had a chance to talk with Coach Lubick and Coach Ethan. They also had Coach Ben Loebner show me around the campus and the football facilities."

"They also gave me a chance to meet and speak with the professors in the engineering department, and to meet some of the players. I really enjoyed hanging out with Perry Simmons, Lucas Patrick, and Brandon Connette."

Before the visit Hinnant says he knew of Duke's academic prowess and the quality of the scholastic opportunities in Durham. However, it was the football facilities that seemed to surprise him the most.

"Honestly I though their facilities could match anyone in the nation right now. The stadium is being improved through a number of renovations as well, and I think once those are done it'll match the rest of the facilities."

Those renovations were just a small part of the football related pitch made by Cutcliffe and company according to the three star prospect. And, apparently, the message hit home.

"Coach Cut talked about and showed me how many changes they've made to the Duke football program since he arrive. The changes were really dramatic, and he's doing everything in his power to keep that movement going. He's working with the university to get the stadium renovations done and he's recruiting harder than anyone in the country to turn Duke into a winner."

Some of the schools recruiting Hinnant project him as an offensive tackle, while others prefer to place him on the interior of the offensive line. He certainly has the size and frame (6-foot-5, 268 pounds) to play either spot, and says Duke hasn't yet indicated where he'd fit in.

"They've talked about it, and really say they can see me playing either position. Honestly, it doesn't really matter to me and I don't have a preference."

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