Local ATH hearing from Duke

After branching out a bit more in the class of 2013, the Blue Devils have gone back to hitting the in-state recruiting board hard in the class of 2014. One early prospect receiving interest hails from just down the road in Elon, North Carolina. TDD spoke with Brock Deatherage recently to get the latest on his recruitment, and Duke's interest.

"Duke has been sending me information since last summer," said Elon (N.C.) Western Alamance standout Brock Deatherage. "Also, Coach Middleton had stopped by the school on a couple of occasions prior to his departure. Coach Collins is my area recruiter now, and we stay in touch weekly."

Deatherage, a 6-foot-1, 180 pound, two-way player for WAHS, is being recruited as an athlete with a potential position assignment of either defensive back, wide receiver, or special teams player. During his junior season at Western, he played safety on defense, receiver and quarterback on offense, and returned kicks.

That kind of versatility has resulted in interest from a number of programs throughout the state as teams continue to evaluate his junior film.

"I have an offer from UNC-Charlotte. Other schools showing the most interest are Duke, Wake Forest, NCSU, UNC, Clemson, ECU, Tennessee, Auburn, William & Mary, Air Force, Dartmouth and Liberty. I have taken unofficial visits to UNC Charlotte, Wake Forest, UNC, Duke and NCSU under the Tom O'Brien staff."

In addition to the visits, Deatherage has also attended junior days at UNC-Charlotte, North Carolina, and Duke, with a final one scheduled to Wake Forest later this month. He's also camped with the Wolfpack, Deacons, and Blue Devils over the previous summer.

In a recent Scout.com film evaluation, regional expert Michael Clark described Deatherage:

"Deatherage is an explosive playmaker. He has great speed and quickness. Deatherage shows great instincts and ball skills. He is good against both the run and pass. Deatherage is also extremely dangerous at wide receiver and as a return man. Overall, he is one of the top sleeper prospects in North Carolina and I expect his recruitment to gain momentum in the near future."

The great speed and quickness line is something that was bound to attract head coach David Cutcliffe's program, as those are two qualities he's championed since taking over in Durham. And while Duke hasn't offered just yet, the program is making efforts to show their interest.

"I visited a couple of weeks ago and attended the basketball game against Miami," said Deatherage.

The Blue Devils are, of course, pitching the idea of coming in and joining a program that is improving after making the post season in 2012. However, there are several other factors that stand out according to Deatherage.

"I feel that Coach Cutcliffe is a coach with a lot of moral and spiritual values, and he's committed to Duke. He has had a lot of opportunities to leave and take other jobs so it shows his commitment to the football program and it is just going to get better each year."

"Also, a degree from Duke has a lot of weight in the business and that is something that is very important. The staff went over the upcoming renovation plans to the football facilities and it is going to be first class when everything is completed."

Deatherage says he's just now getting into the recruiting process, and doesn't mention a timetable for a decision making process to begin or take hold. However, he has developed a priority scale when evaluating different programs.

"The main factors in choosing a school would be academics first. Second would be coaches and staff, and third would be facilities. The fourth factor would be location. The majority of the schools that are showing the most interest are within an hour and a half from my house, which is nice."

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