In-State OL eager to visit again

This in-state offensive line prospect had earned interest from a number of programs throughout the region including the Blue Devils. In fact Duke has hosted Kyle Erickson three times so far, and more visits may be coming soon.

"Right now I have no official offers, but I am in contact with East Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Appalachian State, and South Carolina," said Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt High standout Kyle Erickson. "I am really hoping that Duke offers me."

At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, with a 5.2 forty time, Erickson currently plays left tackle for his high school team, but will likely move inside at the next level. He is already working to improve his weight room numbers of 300 pounds on the bench press, 475 pounds on the squat, and 290 pounds on the power clean.

"Most coaches have said that I'll move to guard, or even center in college," said Erickson.

At the moment, however, he's in the process of lining up and taking unofficial visits. To date he's visited Duke, East Carolina, Appalachian State, and North Carolina. Erickson has also completed a tour of junior days as well, visiting East Carolina, North Carolina, and NC State. With more planned.

"I am going to also attend junior days at Appalachian State, South Carolina, Clemson, and Duke this year."

  The Blue Devils have not yet come with an offer, but the two sides are very familiar with one another after Erickson completed three unofficial visits within the last year. As noted, Duke views Erickson as a guard.

"They seem to be very interest in me. I've talked with both my position coach, area recruiter, and Coach Cutcliffe as well. They've invited me back to campus for spring practice as well as the spring game. In my three visits to date, I've been very impressed with everything from the coaches, players, and campus. I'm looking forward to getting back for the spring practices and game."

While his feedback regarding Duke seems to be positive, being an in-state prospect, Erickson admits that wasn't always the case.

"My initial impressions of Duke was that it was just another program with a great basketball program. That was until I met Coach Cutcliffe, Coach Latina, and Coach Petri. They have the desire and drive to keep improving Duke football, and they make you believe that Duke is going to be capable of winning the ACC Championship."

To this point the primary point of contact for Erickson has been coach Rick Petri.

"He's been great, and I feel like we have a good relationship. When you talk to him, he seems very genuine and it seems like he's very interested in you. We've talked about the academics and how they are building the program to go even further than they already have."

Erickson offers no timetable for a decision, but says he will evaluate schools based on a number of criteria.

"When that time comes, I am going to sit down and look at the coaches, academics, location, and the general atmosphere around the team."

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