In State LB Picks Duke

Duke continues to load up on talented athletes on the defensive side of the ball as head coach Ted Roof earned a fourth commitment in the last week on Wednesday. This time it's a local prospect who also had big time interest.

"Duke offered me a couple of days ago," said 6-foot-3, 235 pound Durham (N.C.) Jordan linebacker Kinney Rucker. "So I decided this morning that I would go ahead and commit to them."

Rucker spent much of his junior year terrorizing opponents' running games to the tune of 72 tackles from his middle linebacker and defensive end positions. When not driving running backs into the ground, he was getting into the backfield – using his 4.7 forty speed to record a team high 17 sacks.

But if you think Rucker was a load on the defensive side of the ball, then remember that he also lined up as a 6'3, 235 pound wide receiver, while also serving as a blocking fullback.

For his efforts, Rucker earned All-conference honors in football, and All-conference in basketball.'s recruiting analysts are very familiar with the future Blue Devil's game, providing the following scouting report from this past season:

Rucker is physical off the edge as a defensive end in high school, could play linebacker in college. Good drive towards the ball, but lacks the high speed all the time. Could play an H-back role very well in college with nice hands.

Rucker chose Duke over interest from Florida State, Maryland, Michigan (camped last year), North Carolina (camped last year), and Virginia. Video:

Kinney Rucker Video

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