Unique Pitch For Top Northeast Prospect

Ever conscience of the need to bolster an already solid defensive unit, the Blue Devils have targeted a top tight end /defensive end prospect from the Northeast that has a level of familiarity with the Duke program. That will be a key factor since the Duke coaching staff is pitching a completely unique role.

Eriks Reks is the kind of prospect many associate with the new coaching regime at Duke in that he's able to maintain a high grade point average, and he's a very good football player. Throw in the fact that he spent two seasons playing alongside current Blue Devil starting quarterback Zack Asack at Xaverian Brothers High, and you've got the recipe for an early scholarship offer from head coach Ted Roof and his staff.

That offer came shortly before the Devils began spring practice, and made a positive impression on the 6-foot-5 220 pound Reks.

"Duke seems to be really high on me," said Reks. "I've talked with Zack about it and he seemed to think they really wanted me to end up there. It's nice to hear that kind of thing from someone other than the coaches."

Currently listing the Blue Devils along with Boston College, Connecticut, Stanford, and Notre Dame, Reks says each of the schools is recruiting him as either a blocking tight end or defensive end. However, that's not what Duke has in mind for him.

"They are talking about me playing outside linebacker for them. I've never played that position, but I think I could learn it. I'm a pass rusher right now, and I do pretty well in that situation. I'd need to continue to improve my strength and quickness though."

Reks, who maintains a 3.4 grade point average, says he hopes to have his college decision behind him by the time he starts practice for his senior season.

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