Early '15 DT Offeree Talks Duke

One of the primary focus positions for the class of 2015 will be along the defensive line. One of the top offered targets on the board in the current junior crop of elite prospects is South Carolina's Gage Cervenka, who spoke with TDD about his recruitment, and Duke's heavy interest.

Measuring out at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, South Carolina's Gage Cervenka has the profile of a defensive tackle at the collegiate level. Add on some impressive weight room numbers such as a max of 350 pounds in the bench press, 500 pound squat, and 325 pounds on the incline, and it's easy to see why a number of high majors have begun sniffing around.

"I have offers from Duke and Wake Forest, and I have been in contact with North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson, Nebraska, Missouri, and Vanderbilt recently," said Cervenka. "I am being recruited as either a defensive end or defensive tackle depending on the school"

Size doesn't just tell the tale when scouting Cervenka, either.

"I feel that my speed and quickness off the snap are some of my best strengths. I am also strong with ball recognition and tackling. My top forty time is 4.92 seconds. What I need improve on is my overall pass rushing."

  For their part, the Blue Devils were quick to jump into the recruiting process with the South Carolina lineman, and have continued to press on.

"They offered my at camp last summer, and I think Duke is a great program. I really enjoyed talking with all the coaches at camp. Since then, I have talked to all of my coaches pretty regularly. My recruiter is Derrick Jones, but I talk to Coach Cut, Coach Petri, Coach Knoals and Coach Guerrieri. They have the best of both worlds to offer me, A first class education and the 22nd best Football team in America."

As with most prospects over the last few years, Cervenka says he didn't grow up a Blue Devil supporter, and didn't know much about the program. That's all changed after Cutcliffe and company burst onto the national scene over the last two years.

"I did not know much about the Duke program when I went to camp last summer, The coaches have done a great job and it shows every time I visit. They have a solid program in place and the hard work showed this season."

When looking at a decision timeline, Cervenka says he is targeting the next few months to progress all the way through his recruiting process.

"I'm pretty open to any school that provides me a great fit. I would like to make my decision prior to my senior season but its still too early to know for sure."

"This summer I will be attending the SC varsity combine, Shrine Bowl combine, Rivals Camps and Tennessee Camp. I have not decided on what other camps I will attend, that will be determined on the school's interest in me."

Away from the field, Cervenka is a two-time, defending state wrestling champion, and is going for a third straight this year.


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