Duke Slipping With Top LB?

One of Florida's top linebackers continues to rack up on offers from all over the nation. Though one of the first offers came from the Duke coaching staff, is this high major prospect still interested?

"Right now Georgia Tech is recruiting me the hardest," says Jacksonville Sandalwood standout linebacker Marvin Sapp, Jr. "I also have offers from North Carolina, Duke, Louisville, and South Florida."

Despite the early interest from that foursome, it looks as though the cousin of NFL defensive standout Warren Sapp has his eyes beginning to look elsewhere.

"Right now my favorites are Georgia, Maryland, Ohio State, and Penn State," explains Sapp. "It's still early though."

Despite a seemingly uphill climb, the Duke recruiting efforts are likely to continue on Sapp, who could be that landmark recruit the Blue Devils need to solidify the program's new direction.

Coming off a state championship season as a junior that saw him lead Jacksonville Bolles to the title by picking up 145 tackles and three interceptions from his linebacking position, Sapp was named the Times Union Defensive Player of the Year.

"Most schools seem like they like me for weakside linebacker even though I'm playing middle LB now," he explains of the various suitors. "That's probably because of my size. I'm more of a blitz guy and someone who can cover okay. I get off blocks fast and I'm pretty strong. I don't let blockers get into my body."

Strong could be an understatement as Sapp has a recorded 370 pound max in the bench press and can run a 4.6 forty yard dash. In the classroom he's equally good, averaging a 3.0 on a four point scale.

Sapp indicated that he will continue to take his time before making a decision.


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