Local Star Interested In Duke

At head coach David Cutcliffe's introductory news conferene, one group of coaches didn't get noticed by the media. However, the coaching staff at Durham (N.C.) Hillside High were sought out by Coach Cutcliffe as the new Blue Devil captain began the efforts of making Duke a destination for the local power program. Are those efforts already paying off?

"I've had a Duke offer since last season," said 5-foot-9, 180lbs runningback Desmond Scott. "But ever since Coach Cutcliffe's staff has taken over, Duke has really taken the recruiting up a level, and it's hard not to notice."

That interest includes several handwritten letters a day, and as much contact as the NCAA rules allow with the Duke coaches. And, being a local product, Scott says he's got time to make a lot of unoffiical visits.

"I can get over there whenever I need to. Last time I was there I had a chance to meet Coach Roper, and Coach Montgomery, my recruiting coach, is great. I talk to him a lot. He's a guy I'm very comfortable with."

When Scout.com compiles its initial rankings, Scott is likely to be considered one of the Sotuheast's top prospects. With such lofty designations, it's not wonder that a who's who of the region (both SEC and ACC) have come out with early offers and high interest.

"I've got a lot of schools interested in me. Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Duke, Penn State, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, LSU, Michigan, and Rutgers. There are some others in there as well."

With so many highly rated programs recruiting him, what will it take for the Blue Devils to spring a possible upset by snatching an in-state star?

"Duke has a lot going for them. The chance to get a degree from Duke will set you up for life if football doesn't last. And, the new coaching staff is about as good as you can get. Most of them played or coached in the NFL, and Coach Cutcliffe coached both the Mannings - so you know he can handle talented players and prepare them for the next level."

Of course, there's always one other advantage Duke can boast.

"Plus it's close to home and I know I could get a home cooked meal at any time."

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