Devils Start 05 DL Class Strong

With recent history against them, the Blue Devils are hoping to strike early and hard in the class of 2005. So far so good as the Duke coaching staff received good news on Friday from one of the top defensive ends in the state.

"I committed to Duke," said 6-foot-4, 225 pound standout Charlotte Latin defensive lineman Ryan Radloff. "It was the best place for me. I like coach Brown, who coaches the line, a lot and I believe the new coaching staff will allow that program to go places in the new ACC."

After a strong junior campaign that saw him log nearly 80 tackles, including 22 for a loss, 18 sacks, and two interceptions, Radloff was named to numerous All-Star teams. It also led to a lot of big time interest including promises of offers from such schools as Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, NC State, Virginia, and Clemson. However the early offer from Duke made the difference.

"I talked to Coach Knotts and he convinced me that Duke was going to rise in the ACC soon. That was important to me."

Ryan's father was also a collegiate football star at the University of Georgia in the early 80's. In fact he was the captain on the 1982 team, which enjoyed much success.

Given Duke's recent troubles on the field, was the lure of being a major part of a rebuilding process a factor for him?

"Oh yeah. I like the challenge of trying to rebuild a program. We did that in high school this past year and I know we can do it [at Duke]."

While he will need to add weight to his frame, Radloff's game has to do with speed first and foremost. Despite his size he's routinely being clocked in the mid 4.5's in the forty, which allows him to get into the backfield early in the play.

"I can get to the quarterback pretty quick. I did pretty well last year, but I want to do better this year."

Radloff will attend Duke's football camp this summer, and says his commitment to Coach Roof and the Blue Devils will remain firm.

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