Duke Impressive For NY DE

As the Blue Devils continue to search for the level of player who will ultimately catapult and keep them in the competitive ranks in the ACC, a number of high major high school prospects are popping up on the radar screen. One of these prospect hails from the Northeast and has been a monster on the defensive line.

"I'm just taking it all in at this point," says John Ferrara of his recruiting process. "I'm just happy that major schools are offering me the chance to play football and get an education."

Indeed the 6-foot-5, 255lbs Monsignor Farrell High (NY) standout has earned interest from a number of schools including Duke, Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia, Boston College, Syracuse, Maryland, UConn, and Stanford. Of that lengthy list, Ferrara has offers from the Blue Devils, Nittany Lions, and Scarlet Knights.

It's likely that he'll earn more offers from that group and beyond if he can put together a follow up season to his junior year that yielded 83 tackles and a whopping 13 sacks.

"I think the best part of my game is playing hard until the whistle blows. If the guy is running down the other side of the field I'm going to chance him down. It's just how I play the game."

That philosophy has caught the eye of the Duke coaching staff in a big way as the Blue Devils were insistent that the New York native make a trip to Duke for junior day earlier this year. While on campus Ferrara had a chance to look around and get a feel for what head coach Ted Roof and staff are trying to do. Needless to say he came away impressed.

"The campus is outstanding and the academics speak for themselves. The coaches really took the time to show me a lot of attention, and I appreciated that. Right now Duke is saying they'd like me to come in as either a tight end or defensive end."

But isn't he a defensive lineman?

"I'm being recruited all over the field at this point. I've been told I could be everything from an offensive lineman to a tight end to a defensive end. For me it's all about finding the right fit."

And just what does that "fit" consist of for Ferrara?

"The most important thing is academics. You need to have a career in mind after football is over. They say the average football player will only play for around three years, so I need to have a great backup plan. Other things I'm looking at are the campus, the facilities, the coaches. I'd also like to be in a nice part of the country."

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