A Top Three For Loftley

Each year since Ted Roof took over the Duke football program, the Blue Devils have made a priority of recruiting hard in state of Georgia. That trend has continued in the class of 2008 already, and Roof and company have a few more prospects in mind including Taylor Loftley.

Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing in at nearly 260 pounds, Taylor Loftley has spent the last few years making a name for himself as a defensive end for Chamblee (Ga.) High. After earning more than 70 tackles (including nine for a loss) as a sophomore, Loftley solidified his name on several recruiting boards with a 100 tackle junior year that included 14 tackles for loss, and seven sacks.

"I think it was just a case of knowing a few more tricks and understanding my position a little better," said Loftley. "This year I will be playing defensive end for the first time, so by the time I finish, I'll have a good understanding of each position on the line."

Despite the move from defensive tackle to end, it looks like Loftley may move back towards the interior when he arrives at the collegiate level next summer.

"A lot of the schools are telling me they like me as a defensive tackle over defensive end. Because I've played there more I am actually more comfortable at tackle. But, if a school wants me to play defensive end I will. I'll play wherever the coach needs me."

Currently Loftley has offers from Duke, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Central Florida, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, and UAB. Of that group, a top trio seems to have formed among the Blue Devils, Gamecocks, and Commodores.

"Right now I'd say those three schools are at the top of my list. I visited Duke and Vanderbilt earlier this month and both schools were really impressive."

"At Duke I was there for their camp, but didn't work out while I was there. You can tell their coaching staff is really trying to build a quality program and you could see that with the level of players they are recruiting. It was a good chance catch up and see my recruiting coaches (Coach Montgomery and Coach Brown), and to just meet the current players. Vanderbilt was also really good for me. I got to meet all the coaches and we toured the facilities and talked about the program and the school. Both schools are solidly in my list."

Loftley, who reports a 4.7 forty time and a 350lbs bench press, is in the process of scheduling a visit to Steve Spurrier's South Carolina program. After that he hopes to have his decision ready.

"I would like to get it done before the season really gets going. But, if I can't, then I'll wait until I'm sure of it."

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