Devils Chasing Ohio Backer

Already sitting on one of the strongest starts to a recruiting class in the program's history, the Blue Devils have made major strides in the recruitment of one of the country's most solid linebacking prospects.

"Right now I've got a really long list of schools recruiting me," says 6'1, 215lbs standout BJ Machen. "Schools like Duke, Syracuse, Stanford, Illinois, West Virginia, Maryland, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Pitt, Michigan State, and Navy have all offered."

Such an impressive offer sheet isn't unexpected for Machen, who has spent two years steadily producing several highlight reel hits as a linebacker and gaudy stats from his fullback position for Hilliard Darby High in Hillard, Ohio. It certainly caught the eye of the Duke coaching staff, who extended an offer several months ago. Recently, however, Machen had a chance to visit the Blue Devils' program for the one day camp.

"The trip to Duke was a good experience. I had a chance to meet the players and coaches and get a tour of the campus, the football facilities - and I got to meet the acadmeic advisors and see what it's like to be a student athelte at Duke. I am thinking I would like to major in sports medicine, and their program is one of the best."

As has been the case recently, the Blue Devils spent time selling not only the tremendous academic opportunities, but also the chance to be one of the key components of the program not only rebounding from the recent struggles - but moving forward.

"That was something we talked about. With Duke you can get an education that's as good as any in the country. However, they are also in the middle of turning around a program that hasn't had much success in a while. TO be part of something special like that is what they are selling, and I think they are doing what it takes."

While he's seen Duke, as well as recent visits to several other programs on his list, Machen says he's interested in continuing the recruiting process only to a point.

"I've always said that my goal is to make sure I've got this behind me by the time my season starts. Right now I think I'll be able to make a good choice by that time, but if it comes down to it and there's still some doubts - then I'll wait until I am absolutely sure."

Machen is rated as a three star prospect by and is considered the number 18 WLB in the nation.

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