Duke on top for '15 WR

Champagnat Catholic's Stephen Claude says the Blue Devils are sticking out early for him.

State champion Hialeah (FLA) Champagnat has several players holding offers right now, and Steven Claude is one of the top juniors at the school.

Claude, 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, made an impact this season at wide receiver in his first year at the school. For the season, he caught 40 passes for 697 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Claude also played safety.

"This season was great for me, and I played as a backup last year at Miami Norland," Claude stated. "I loved being a part of our championship team, and I used my speed at receiver to make plays for our team. My speed is the best part of my game. I'm working on becoming more flexible."

With four offers to his credit, Claude has hit the recruiting radar in a big way.

"My offers are from Duke, Cincinnati, UCF and South Florida," he explained. "I would say Duke is sticking out to me right now, and I love their football as well as the academic side. I was there for the Miami game and it was amazing. My mother really stresses education, and so does my coach. Their coaches are great to me, and the atmosphere was great. It was a great feeling being there. I speak to them about once a week, and they tell me to keep doing what I'm doing."

"I visited Cincinnati last summer with my teammates, and we did great at camp," he added. "Coach (Eddie) Gran told me they would offer if I had a great season, and he did offer me. I'm definitely considering them, and they have offered a teammate of mine who likes it there a lot. It's a great program."

"South Florida is a good school," Claude stressed. "They didn't have a good season, but every school goes through that. They are recruiting more Miami players, so they can turn around real fast. Central Florida is a place I have friends at, and they love it there. Their coaches really like me and say I can fit in really well."

A few other schools are showing interest, and even though they haven't offered yet, Claude knows he's on their radar.

"I'm hearing the most from Arkansas, Nebraska and Utah, of the schools that have not offered," he said. "Arkansas was at my state championship game, and they said I performed well. Our coach always takes us on a summer camp tour, and I'd love to check these schools out."

"I'm in no hurry to make a decision, and it's still really early in the process for me," he admitted. "I will probably wait until my senior year and see what offers I get, but when I feel like the time is right I will announce which school I'm going to attend."

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