Four More Prospects In This Weekend

Signing Day 2008 is fast approaching and the new Duke coaching staff is attempting to make a splash in the home stretch with several last minute commitments. This weekend there will once again be several players visiting campus officially including in-state standout and Shrine Bowl participant, Tony Foster.

When he visited Duke earlier this summer, Burlington Williams standout Tony Foster turned some heads with both his forty time and his pass catching ability. The 6-foot-2, 170 pound prospect was clocked running a 4.42 in June and has continued to appear on the recruiting board since.

Foster even reported that the coaching staff promised an offer would be forthcoming in the next week. Unfortunately a scholarship crunch prevented such an offer from ever materializing. All that could change this weekend, however. Sources close to the situation indicate that Foster is high on the remaining wishlist, but with several scholarship situations yet to work themselves out - head coach David Cutcliffe has been unable to formally take that next step.

As a junior, Foster was his team's top receiver and kick returner. This past season, however, he added the titles of defensive back and punt returner to his list of services for Williams High.


Another speedy player will also be making a trip to Duke this weekend as Florida safety Jordon Byas (6'1, 175, 4.6) has agreed to a come in.

A very talented safety prospect, who also plays wide receiver, Byas missed pretty much all of his junior season because of a torn ACL.. Without an all-important junior season, Byas was forced to rely solely on a strong sophomore season to get his name in front of top recruiters from around the region.

"Tearing my ACL was tough on me," added the very well spoken Jordan Byas. "That was the first major injury I had sustained. It was tough not being out there with the guys. I just wanted to go home and bury m

That sophomore season did the trick as he reported offers from Clemson and Mississippi earlier this fall in addition to interest from Vanderbilt. All were recruiting him to play in the defensive backfield - with Clemson eyeing him for the safety spot.


Texas tight end prospect Jackson Anderson will be the third player on this weekend's roster, and could fit in as either a tight end or receiver.

Anderson's recruitment has flown dramatically under the radar, and continues to do so. Listed by Scout.com at 6-foot-5, and 235 pounds with a recorded 4.7 forty time, the unrated prospect has reportedly garnered interest from several teams in the Midwest including Missouri, Illinois, Purdue, and Texas A&M.

Anderson also lined up this season as a defensive end for the Fightin' Raccoons of Frisco High School as well as at offensive tackle where he was named First Team All-District for Texas 9-4A.


The fourth confirmed player was actually found in the midst of Duke's recruitment of Arizona quarterback Sean Renfree. Scottsdale (Ariz.) Notre Dame Prep TE Austin Briehl has seen several new programs jump in with him over the last year, and now the Blue Devils are firmly in the mix.

Rated as the nation's 84th best tight end prospect, the 6-foot-5, 220 pound two star player has offers from UNLV, Air Force, and Army. Joining that trio are the Broncos of Boise State and the Sun Devils of Arizona State. The Blue Devils are thought to favor bringing him in for the class of 2008 and then redshirting him as a freshman, but ASU has different plans.

"They said I would gray-shirt then red-shirt and I said I was fine with that because I planned on doing that anyway. This would be the option if I were to go to ASU."

"I was really excited to hear from them. They are a big time school and I am blessed that they are even considering me," he adds.

After a great senior season that saw him haul in 45 passes for 682 yards and eight touchdowns, Briehl reports he's had serious contact with Colorado State as well.

Still, the talented prospect says he may be leaning towards gray-shirting by not signing his letter of intent in February and then enrolling at his school of choice in January of 2009.

His reasoning. "I want to gray-shirt to mature. I think I will be a lot more useful."

He adds, "I want to sit back and consider all my options after I take my visits."


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