Devils Strong With N.C. DE

Head coach Ted Roof and his staff have combed the country in the class of 2005, trying to lockdown a higher level of recruit than used to come to Duke. However one of the better prospects remaining on the recruiting board is just down the road from Wallace Wade.

"Right now I'm considering Duke, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and North Carolina," says 6-foot-3, 235 pound Durham (N.C.) Southern defensive end Ronnie Mason. "Each of them wants to watch more senior film and then they'll let me know about offers."

Mason, who is rated as a two star prospect, is one of those players that seems to get better each time he takes the field. That's probably because he's still relatively new to the game.

"I've only played football since the tenth grade, so I'm learning more as I go along. As I gain experience I think I'll get better."

Originally it seemed as though the Blue Devils weren't as high on the list as the Hokies or Tigers, but that changed after Duke's summer camp in June.

"I was impressed with Duke. I've thought about a lot of things lately, and I've changed my standpoint on my decision making process. If I don't make it to the NFL, a Duke degree could open a lot of doors for me. They are really moving up my list.

And, overall what are his thoughts on the Devils' new efforts on the field?

"Duke's trying to get better and field a more competitive team. I think they are going to turn things around there because they have a really good staff."

Mason reports a 4.65 time in the forty, a 300 pound bench, 500 pound squat, and a 3.1 grade point average in the classroom.

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