Duke The Favorite For Local DB

The Blue Devils have long scouted the country in search of talent to revamp the football program. However, one of the best defensive backfield prospects on the recruiting board lives in their own back yard, and Duke is the clear leader in his mind.

After posting an unexpected undefeated regular season, Durham (N.C.) Southern was shockingly knocked out of the NCHSAA 4A State playoffs in the second round by Sanford (N.C.) Lee County 21-20.

"We came out flat, but in the end we could have still won," said Chris Rivers. "We were in field goal position twice, but our quarterback fumbled. We got the ball back, but our drive stalled out."

Rivers, a 5-foot-9 150-pound cornerback, heads into the 2006 season as a senior leader for a very young, but talented, Southern squad.

"I feel we have a strong chance of going far," said Rivers. "Ever since last year when we had ten people sign [Letters of Intent with colleges], we've been underdogs. I still feel we have a good chance, even with all the Hillside hype going on – but I still think we have a chance of beating them."

A "fundamentally sound" cover corner, Rivers is receiving his share of college interest.

"Right now, I'm getting a couple of looks from people," said Rivers. "I get letters from everywhere. I don't have any offers, but I'm going to Middle Tennessee State this weekend for a camp and I'm going to be at Duke on the 10th [of June]."

Rivers is planning to attend a couple of other camps with East Carolina, North Carolina, and Wake Forest possible destinations.

During the spring, Rivers attended MTSU's spring game and junior day.

With all the exposure to MTSU, it's not surprising to see the Blue Raiders mentioned among Rivers' favorites. However, it's Duke that currently leads for his services.

"Actually, Duke is my favorite, then Middle Tennessee," said Rivers. "[Duke] shows me the most interest, but I like their academics, and they're in the ACC. If I go there, I can get on the field early and play against the best competition – the ACC puts the most into the NFL draft."

During his junior season at Southern, Rivers recorded seven interceptions, 67 tackles, and 23 pass breakups.

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