Spinney Enjoyed Duke Visit

With scholarships coming at a premium in the class of 2007, the Blue Devils are being much more selective – especially along the defensive line. One prospect with a firm offer in hand counts Duke among the list of schools that have made a big time impression. TDD updates the latest.

"I have offers from Duke, Northwestern, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Delaware, New Hampshire, UMass, Uconn, Maine, and Akron," said Bishop Guertin's standout defensive tackle Mark Spinney. "I'm not really waiting to hear from any schools to offer me, because more and more schools are showing interest in me."

Spinney, who earned first team All-State Manchester Union, All-Star,Lowell Sun first team All-Star and Associated Press first team All-State honors as a junior, took in the Duke camps last Thursday when he visited Durham unofficially.

"It was really a great trip. I really enjoyed the chance to go down and check out the school, and I think they have things going in the right direction. My recruiting coach, Jerry Azzinaro, was my host and I got to meet all the coaches – all of them were great. We had a chance to go all over campus, meet the full coaching staff, check out the academic centers, and tour all the athletic facilities."

As with all recruits in town, Spinney had a chance to meet with head coach Ted Roof as well. Something that had not happened until this point in his recruitment.

"Coach Roof is a great guy. He told me he thinks I am a good fit for their program at either defensive tackle or along the offensive line. Overall Duke is a great program academically and athletically."

Spinney, who measures out at 6'4, 265lbs, with a 4.9 forty time reports a bench press max of 285 pounds with a 505 pound max in the squat.

"His speed, quickness, drive blocking, and containment are his major strengths," says Bishop Guertin Head Coach Tony Johnson. "He is the most powerful and devastating blocker I've ever coached."

With no set timetable for a decision at this point, Spinney says he is looking forward to another successful season on the field for Bishop Guertin.

"We should have a great team next year. There's no reason that this team shouldn't have a three-peat year next season."

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