Dual Sport Athlete Has Duke Interested

Currently the class of 2008 offers a lot of possibilities and a lot of "what ifs" for the Duke coaching staff. With the decision of 2007 big forward Patrick Patterson still looming, the Blue Devils aren't certain how many scholarships will be available for the current junior crop. One prospect who may solidify on the recruiting radar is one of the nation's top 10 point guards.

Hailing from Birmingham, Ala. and a high major prospect with an older brother already in the SEC, Andrew Steele has no shortage of suitors knocking on his door. Schools such as Auburn, Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, and Illinois are already vying for the the 6-foot-3, 195 pound point guard's attentions. And recently another program has begun to express interest.

"One of Duke's coaches called my coach a few weeks ago and asked if I'd be interested in being recruited by them. He said they really liked me, and wanted to know if I was open to them. I told them that I would definitely be interested in heard from Duke some more."

Since that time the Blue Devils have begun the early stages of recruiting Steele with mailers, letters, and similar correspondence. Of course, there's another staff on campus that is also working hard for him.

"The Duke football staff is really active with me. They send me stuff almost every day. They are recruiting me as a quarterback, which is pretty cool also."

Playing football has allowed Andrew to become accustomed to drawing and dealing with contact in the lane. He's also improved his decision making from last summer when he burst on the scene with a big performance at the Peach Jam where he seemed to get into the lane and finish at will.

Steele says he's looking for a program that will allow him to improve and be prepared to make the professional ranks. With that in mind, he's going to play particular attention to the style of play of each program recruiting him.

"If you look at the schools on my list, they all let their guards play - especially at a place like Duke where guards always seem to do well."

Another important factor in the decision making process for Andrew will be the academic side of the equation.

"I just got inducted into the National Honor Society, and I'm real focused on my grades."

Currently Steele is rated as a four star prospect and the number eight overall point guard in the class of 2008 by Scout.com's Dave Telep.


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