Who is Peter Shaheen?

Heading into National Signing Day it seemed as though everyone knew how many National Letters of Intent would be rolling off the FAX machine in the Yoh Center. And it seemed that all those letters would come as no surprise. Then, at 8:16 AM, Duke fans began to wonder just who is Peter Shaheen.

"Peter Shaheen has a lot of very strong Duke ties, but that's not why we recruited him," said head coach Ted Roof at the signing day luncheon. "He's a good football player who is going to be able to help us in a number of ways."

With that announcement, Duke added an unexpected member to the class of 2005, but there was still some question about what kind of player Shaheen would turn out to be. According to Lawrenceville Prep head coach Ken Mills, he's a player that may in fact contribute in a big way before he leaves Durham.

"He's fast and is quick," said Mills of his fullback. "He's played on the defensive line because he's so strong, but this year we moved him to fullback for some extra offensive punch."

That punch was delivered as the 6'1, 210lbs senior rushed for just under 500 yards on nearly 90 carries while hauling in 30 catches for 150 yards. He also found the endzone five times while leading Lawrenceville to a 13-5 record over the past two seasons.

With the team improving thanks in large part to his contributions in the offensive backfield, Shaheen started to rack up the individual honors, earning First Team All Mid-Atlantic Prep League Honors and First Team All-Prep Honors from the Newark Star Ledger.

For a while it seemed as though Shaheen may not play football at the Division One level as he never really embraced the recruiting process whole heartedly. However, when several northeastern scouts started hearing about Lawrenceville's fullback, the Blue Devils started to investigate.

"They called and said they were needing to add some depth at fullback, and wanted to see his tape. I think they liked his quickness and mobility."

They must have as head coach Ted Roof dispatched assistant Bradley Sherrod to New Jersey to investigate. Soon after, Shaheen was en route to Duke for an unofficial visit. From there it was just a matter of scholarship math and timing, both of which eventually offered a window for Shaheen to commit, which he did.

His uncle, Bob Paschal, is a former Blue Devil footballer who helped Duke to unheralded success from 1953-55. During that time he earned All-ACC and All-American honors while helping Duke to a blowout, 34-7, victory over Nebraska in the 1955 Orange Bowl thanks to 91 yards rushing and a score.

Shaheen is rated as a two star prospect by Scout.com.


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