No. 50 Defensive Tackle Impressed

This year the story of Duke's struggles on the football field were highly centralized – when the Blue Devils won or were competitive it was because they held their own in the trenches. When they were blown out, it was because opposing linemen had their way. With that in mind the Blue Devils are making their pitch to several talented linemen. One was on campus this weekend.

"I had a really great time," says Indianapolis Roncalli High standout Patrick Kuntz. "Going in I had a lot of questions and in talking to Coach Roof and Coach Azzinaro, I got all of them answered. They really let me know they wanted me to come in and help them turn it around."

The Blue Devils also had a chance to review their plans for the nation's No. 50 defensive tackle, and make their pitch for him to abandon the Midwest for the next few years.

"The told me they think I'd have the opportunity to play early at Duke, that I can come in and immediate compete for playing time. I liked that they really think I can make a difference."

Aside from football talk, Kuntz had a chance to visit the various academic departments and meet with the academic advisors to discuss the different options available at Duke before jetting home early the next day.

"I learned a lot about earning a Duke degree, but I had to leave early Sunday so I was only there for a day."

Heading into the weekend it was assumed that Michigan State and Louisville led Duke for Kuntz's services. So is that still the case?

"They gave me a lot to think about. I'm looking for the right fit in a school. I want to go somewhere that I'm comfortable with the coaching staff, the players, the surroundings. Being able to take official visits is giving me that choice and letting me see things up close."

Kuntz will trip to Louisville next weekend, and says he will make an announcement the following weekend, around Christmas time.

"I think I should know by then. It'll be time."


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