Advice is Key for Top NC WR

After landing Chancellor Young in the class of 2004, the Blue Devils have continued their efforts of boosting the receiving corps on the recruiting trail in the class of 2005. Sitting firmly atop the board is a local standout from Charlotte Independence High School, who's already very familiar with what Duke is trying to do.

"I like Duke because of their great academics," said 6-foot-2, 195 pound Independence standout receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. "They are also improving on the football field."

It certainly doesn't hurt the his former head coach, Tommy Knotts, accepted an assistant coach's position at Duke in the off season.

"I was happy for him," Massaquoi said of Knotts' move. "I think he made the best decision he could. It was a really good move."

The cousin of current Michigan tight end Tim Massaquoi, Mohammed has the benefit of advice from a family member who's been through the wild world of recruiting before. It's something that the younger player intends to listen to.

"He told me what he went through and says that I need to take my time and make sure I'm comfortable with the school and that's what I plan to do," said Massaquoi.

"I have to be comfortable and feel at home wherever I go. I'd like to go to a fun college town and be in a good location where there's lots to do. I also want to go to a school that's winning or at least on the way up."

Mohamed denies a leader, but favors Georgia, North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina St, Tennessee and Clemson, and says all have offered. He says he's been to all those junior days as well. Mohamed also has offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina for a total of eleven scholarships.

Mohamed caught 87 balls for 1525 yards and 23 TDs as a junior. He benches 265 and has a vertical jump of 38 inches.

He's also got the kind of attitude that coaches love.

"I know what I'm doing. I play smart and I use my hands good. I'm also pretty powerful and use that to run over people. I really can't point out one thing I need to improve on. I'm trying to get better at everything."

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