Florida Lineman Recaps Duke Visit

One of the best performances of the last week was turned in by the Duke offensive line against North Carolina. Among those watching the Blue Devils go to work in the trenches was one of the Orlando Sentinel's top 50 prospects. He spoke with TDD about his impressions of the game and where his early recruitment stands.

"Right now I am being recruited by Duke and Temple," said Orlando (Fla.) The First Academy's Josh Peters. "I don't have any offers at this time."

That'll likely change in the coming months as Peters has already been named as the third best lineman in Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel as part of the paper's Super 60 feature. Until then, however, the Blue Devils and Owls are trying to get a head start, with Duke luring the 6-foot-3, 300 pounder to Durham for Saturday's game against North Carolina.

The Blue Devil program has had success recruiting in Florida over the past few recruiting classes, and have once again targeted the Sunshine State in the class of 2014. And, things may be getting easier as Duke's winning football games and playing on National TV. For his part, Peters seems to be impressed with the progress made by head coach David Cutcliffe and his staff.

"What they've done, and where they've taken the program recently is very impressive for me," said Peters. "The team has improved each season and now they are competing on a very high level. It makes the recruiting pitch of balancing great academics and athletics very intriguing."

Peters and his family had a chance to view that phenomenon first hand on Saturday when they made the trip to Durham.

"It was my first visit and I really loved the atmosphere and sense of tradition at the school. The facilities at Duke are impressive, and the staff was great, and very welcoming. I was able to spend the whole day, Saturday, there. I had a chance to speak to Coach Latina, Coach Collins, and Ethan Johnson. After that we had a chance to attend the game and the atmosphere was awesome. The fans were really great, and I don't think I could have pieced a better time for my first visit to Duke. The overall experience was spectacular, and it made me really excited to move forward in the recruiting process with them."

Duke is recruiting Peters as a center. The Floridian reports a personal forty time of 5.4 seconds and has a 320 pound bench press max, 400 pound squat max, and 245 pound power clean as a junior. In the classroom he reports a 4.2 grade point average (3.8 unweighted)



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