Signing Day 2004: Rob Schirmann

One of the most important needs that had to be addressed this year by the Duke coaching staff was depth and help along the offensive line. One of the better kept secrets in the class hailed from Anderson, OH.

Anderson High offensive lineman Rob Schirmann had interest from a number of schools including Maryland, Northwestern, Wake Forest, Indiana, Cincinnati, Illinois, and Pittsburgh, but when it came down to his decision the 6-foot-5, 280 pounder decided to become a Blue Devil though it took a bit longer to things official than you'd think.

"They had to put his paperwork through admissions and that took a while," said Anderson head coach Vince Suriano of his lineman's process. "His GPA was around a 2.9, but that's misleading in a way. From an academic standpoint, we are what you call a Blue Ribbon school. There are just a few in America, and we are one of them. We are, in our curriculum, hard like Duke, and his 2.9 is probably in the 3.5 range at another school."

Apparently the admissions staff at Duke agreed with the Midwestern coach and has granted the football coaching staff the ability to bring Schirmann in with the rest of the class of 2004.

When asked for analysis on his star lineman, Suriano offered the following:

"He is really athletic. He runs a 5.1 forty, and at 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, that is pretty good. We run a no-huddle offense with a lot of plays where our tackles pull (which Schirmann plays). He is very athletic, and a good kid. The class he is in has lost just one game in the regular season since he has been here, and that was by three points this year."

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