Edgar Cerenord ready to visit Duke

Though space is at a premium for the remaining spots in the class of 2014, the Duke coaching staff has made a priority of a handful of players. One of these is Florida defensive tackle Edgar Cerenord who will visit Duke this weekend.

"I have my Duke visit set up this coming week," said Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage standout Edgar Cerenord. "I'm very excited to get up there and see everything."

Cerenord, who measures out at 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds, claims current offers from Duke, Wake Forest, Tulane, and Purdue. Other schools who have offered include Rutgers, Arkansas, East Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, and Western Michigan. And, of late, several other schools have circled back around for a second look."

"My coach told me he's hearing from several other schools who took another look at my old and new tape from the season."

Duke falls into that category after the Blue Devils appeared to place a premium on needing additional help along the defensive line. The program has reached out and heavily recruited Cerenord over the last several weeks, culminating with the upcoming official visit.

"It sounds like there is an opportunity to go in and play early at Duke. Once I take my visit I'll be sure of how they want to use me - whether they want to redshirt me or if I will have a chance to compete right away."

And does he have a preference?

"Of course, I want to play!"

For their part, the Duke coaching staff appears to believe that Cerenord would certainly have a chance to come in and do just that.

"Coach Jones and Coach Petri have been talking to me about that and their main recruiting pitch is that they have lacked the kind of high caliber athletes on the interior of the defensive line and they would love to have me there for that."

While he's not lacking for confidence, Cerenord says he has received some honest evaluations - both from his coaches and himself during film study and evaluation.

"I feel like my weaknesses are that I haven't gotten to the quarterback as much as I wanted, but I'm working to get better at that. As for my strengths, I feel that my speed and quickness off the ball allow me to be a very good run stuffer."

Following a senior season that resulted in Heritage's first championship, Cerenord has spent his time working in the weight room in an effort to prepare himself for the rigors of the college game. He reports a max bench press of 385 pounds, a 560 pound squat max, and a 4.5 shuttle time. His personal best time in the 40 yard dash is 5.0.

Off the field he says he plans to major in architecture, business, or sports management. But first he has to choose a school.

"I'm going to visit Purdue and Tulane after Duke, and then I'll decide. I'm looking forward to doing it because it'll be such a great relief for me. I will be able to put all the pressure of the decision behind me and just move forward."

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