Blue Devils Offer California QB

After spending the past two seasons without a steady depth chart at the most important position on the field, the Blue Devil coaching staff is now in a position to recruit at least one signal caller a year. One target that has seen his name jump high on the wish list is Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame High School standout Dayne Crist.

Despite suffering an injury in his first game as a starter, Crist quickly established himself as one of California's best in 2006 - even though he missed more than half of the season with a back injury.

"I came down and landed awkwardly on my head, which inadvertently compressed two vertebrae. I had a compression fracture in two different vertebrae," Crist told Scout. "I finished that game, and that game was actually the most exciting game of the season. We were down 17-3 at halftime and came back and won, 18-17, on a game-winning touchdown and two-point conversion."

After that thrilling conclusion, however, the 6-foot-5, 225 pounder would be forced to the sideline until October. Despite the truncated season, the junior stats and highlight tapes were certainly chocked full of good stuff for the various schools clamoring for his services.

After returning to play the final six games of the season, Crist threw for 1,270 yards and 17 touchdowns in that abbreviated season, with only three interceptions. He also rushed for another 230 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

That was good enough to pick up a number of offers from many of the country's elite both in the football program and academic worlds. Currently Crist counts offers from Minnesota, Duke, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon, Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska and Stanford.

After throwing their hat into the ring on February 26th, does Duke have a shot at the California signal caller?

"Right now I am open to everything. I know they have a great academic reputation and are building. I want to see as much as I can from everyone."

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