Georgia Lineman Earns First Offer

As the Blue Devil coaching staff continues to evaluate and extend scholarship offers, another Peach State prospect has risen among the early list of top priorities in the class of 2008.

Taylor Loftley, a 6-foot-2, 250 pound defensive lineman out of Chamblee (Ga.) High School was one of the junior prospects on campus this past weekend in Durham as part of the Blue Devil's annual junior day. Recruited by assistant coach Scottie Montgomery, Loftley had a chance to tour the Duke campus, and meet the entire coaching staff before attending the basketball game against Georgia Tech.

"I really enjoyed my visit to Duke," said Loftley. "I had a chance to sit down with Coach Roof during my visit and he offered me a scholarship - it's my first, which makes it pretty special. I really liked the campus and the atmosphere of everything up there. They made me feel really comfortable with everything."

As a junior Loftley lined up along both the offensive and defensive lines for the Bulldogs, as well as filling in with spot duty as a blocking fullback on short yardage situations. Alternating between the defensive end and defensive tackle positions, Loftley led Chamblee in solo tackles (77), tackles for loss (14), sacks (9), and forced fumbles (4) - which is what first attracted the Blue Devils.

"They like my speed off the ball and the way I really get into the play. I run around a 4.7 forty and have really good quickness for a guy my size. They think I can play as a defensive end in college, or maybe a tackle depending on how big I get."

Though Duke is his first offer, don't expect a decision any time soon from Loftley. He's also being pursued by both Georgia and Georgia Tech, as well as several other ACC and SEC programs.

"I haven't really thought too much about committing at this time. I want to take it all in and make the right decision. One thing I really liked about Duke was their academics. A degree from there can really set you up."

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