2014 LB Talks Duke Visit; Recruiting

Ever since head coach David Cutcliffe came to Durham, he's made a priority of recruiting from home…in other words, he's made recruiting North Carolina a top objective for his team. That continues in 2014 as Cutcliffe and his staff have targeted another local prospect who recently visited.

"Right now the schools showing the most interest are Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, and East Carolina, said Mount Tabor linebacker Jack Raborn. "I've also started to hear from Missouri as well. At this point I don't have any offers, and I wasn't able to attend a lot of camps this past summer because of an injury."

Still, Raborn is starting to see more and more interest as he continues to produce for Tabor as both a linebacker and tight end. At the next level he's not quite sure of where he'll end up lining up, however.

"I have played both outside and inside linebacker this year and in the past, but right now I think the ultimate position I will play at the college level will depend on my height and weight. I am young for a junior, and I am still growing. Whatever happens, I enjoy playing both positions."

Regarding the Blue Devils' interest, Raborn is being recruited by Coach Jim Collins, and has spoken with him a few times. Also, he was on hand for Duke's win over North Carolina. The early impressions appear to be positive for Raborn as well.

"I am very interested in Duke. They have a great coaching staff and have been competitive in almost all ACC games lately. This year they just put it all together. I was there for the win over Carolina, and it was very exciting. A really big crowd. I thought they almost let it slip away, but the comeback was something special. I will always remember being at that game."

Due to a late arrival to the stadium, Raborn wasn't able to visit with Coach Collins, but did have a watchful eye on the coaches as he process the program's early recruiting pitches.

"I really liked what I saw with the linebackers before the game and I like Coach Collins. Duke hasn't offered me yet, but they have sent a lot of materials to review. Their main pitch is that they are improving on the field and are turning the corner. Also, they say that nobody can compete with them in the classroom, and they are always pointing out the advantages that a Duke education will bring with it."

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