Commit Profile: Taariq Shabazz

As the class of 2014 signs their national letters of intent, we run down each signee's recruiting process and look back at what it took for the Blue Devils to earn his commitment. Next up is Georiga defensive lineman Taariq Shabazz.

Name: Taariq Shabazz

School: Kennesaw Mountain HS (Kennesaw, GA)

Ht/Wt/40: 6-foot-3 / 240lbs / 4.7

Projected Position: Defensive End

Recruiting Recap: Shabazz chose Duke in July over offers from Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Southern Miss, and Central Florida.

He carries a 3.4 GPA in the classroom, he bench presses 375 pounds, he squats 465 pounds, and power cleans 335 pounds.

Quotable: "Academics were my top priority. Then, you know, it was about finding the school that fit me the best. I'd like to play defensive end in a 4-3, but I'm open to playing linebacker even though I haven't played it before."

Self Evaluation: "I am best at getting penetration, making tackles in the backfield, and getting pressure on the quarterback right now, but I know I can get a lot better."

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Projected 2014 Season Status: Shabazz will redshirt during his first season in Durham.


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