Sammons: "It's The Best Of Both Worlds"

Four star defensive end and Scout 300 member Prince Sammons visited Duke over the weekend.  He left on Sunday morning after hearing the Blue Devils’ best recruiting pitches, but didn’t make a college decision.  So what did Coach Cutcliffe and company pitch him on?  Where would he play?  What’s next?  We have the full story here.

After spending 48 hours in Durham, Prince Sammons and his father, Brandon Sammons, had a lot to think about regarding the Blue Devils and potentially playing college football for head coach David Cutcliffe.  And though the four star prospect didn’t commit, he certainly got the message from Cutcliffe and company.

“The coaches really like Prince, and they want Prince,” said Brandon Sammons.  “They made no bones about that.  They see him playing defensive end opposite of the Devil End.”

Sammons, who measures out at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, not only had a chance to spend time with the football coaches, but also the spent an extended amount of time learning about the academic opportunities and demands in Durham.  

“He really enjoyed meeting the teachers in the engineering department and that tour.  He got a really good feel of what student life is like by touring the dorms and seeing the living conditions.  Prince enjoyed everything and having the opportunity to see it up close.”

And did those opportunities result in any opinions being formed, changed, or solidified?  

“It’s a great opportunity in terms of combining school and football, it’s the best of both words for sure.  He has to figure out where he sees himself for four years and what feels best for him.”

Which means the Sammons camp is going to continue the recruiting process up until National Signing Day.  And, in the interim, he’ll make some more visits.

“As of right now there are two other visits for him come January.  Coach Cutcliffe wants him to stay in touch as he processes what he saw.  They would have loved a commitment while we were there, but Prince likes to process and think over deciding on the spot with the just about anything.  So, we will stay in touch with Duke and see where they are, and where he is as this process moves forward.”

Regarding the visits, there are a couple of firm plans.

“We have an official to Vanderbilt set up for the end of January, and we are finalizing one for Michigan State for mid January.  Vanderbilt came for an in-home last week, and we expect more in-home visits to happen in January once the dead period is over.”


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