Devils Land Huge Nevada Lineman

A little under two weeks ago one of the top linemen in the state of Nevada told that if he had to pick a front runner for his services, it would be the Duke Blue Devils. That was terrific news for those in Durham as the 6-foot-7, 340 pounder would certainly help beef up the efforts in the trenches. Sunday night the front runner won the race.

Sources informed TDD early Monday morning that Joe Suder, a 6-7, 340-pound OL/DL prospect from Reno (Nev.) Bishop Manogue had called the Duke coaching staff and informed them that he would be a Blue Devil.

Suder chose Duke over offers from Stanford and Washington, as well as several smaller programs in the western part of the country.

Currently projected as a defensive lineman, Suder will be evaluated when he gets to school in the fall and will then be placed at either the defensive or offensive tackle position. But does he have a preference?

"I like both," Suder told "On offense, I like leveling people and making holes for our running back. On defense, I like making tackles and stepping up for the team."

Despite being such a physically imposing player, Suder went unnoticed throughout the early portion of his high school career before being discovered by recruiters scouting a high profile teammate.

"Bobby Lepori was a star player here last year, so all sorts of schools came by school," said Suder. "When they saw his film they also saw me and my highlights. A lot of schools called in the spring - Washington, Washington State, Colorado, Colorado State, Stanford, Duke, UNR (Nevada-Reno), Fresno State."

In the end it was Duke that put all the pieces together to earn a commitment.

"I see a strong program building there. They have 12 freshmen starting there this year. I'm close to a lot of the coaches there. They have good academics and I feel like they think I'm a top priority."

Suder is already fully qualified for competition at the Division One level, boasting a grade point average over 3.0 in core classes.

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