O'Brien and Cutcliffe Ready To Meet

As he said when he took over the program, head coach David Cutcliffe believes in recruiting from the inside out. In other words he wants to see the Blue Devils concentrate more heavily on the top in-state talent. Perhaps one of the most talented prospects is East Forsyth (N.C.) High standout Danny O'Brien, who will meet with Coach Cutcliffe today.

After receiving his offer from the Duke coaching staff earlier this month, Danny O'Brien has scheduled a visit to Durham to sit down with Cutcliffe for a more in-depth understanding of how the the 6-foot-3, 195 pound signal caller fits in with the Blue Devil program.

"The point of the visit is going to be for everyone to get to know one another a little bit better. It's a chance to really see Duke from the inside, and see what the new coaches are about. I've been pretty high on Duke since Coach Cutcliffe came in, and now that they have offered me, I want to move to the point of really getting a solid understanding on all of the issues."

"With Duke, I appreciate that they are the first program to offer me, but they bring a lot to the table as well. The new staff has really started making big changes, and the prospect of getting one of the best educations in the country is hard to beat. The fact that Duke has told me that I am "the guy" in the class of 2009 and have been recruiting me really hard is something as well."

The reason for Duke moving so fast with O'Brien is simple -- he's going to be a hot recruiting commodity, with several other schools interested and more offers on the way.

"Right now I'm hearing a lot from Maryland and an offer from there is supposed to be coming. The same with Virginia. I'm also being recruited regularly by Clemson and NC State. If I had to list a top five those would be it. I am hoping I can camp with at least Duke, Maryland, UVa, and Clemson this summer."

With such good vibes from Duke, and so many other suitors working on him, when can we expect a decision from O'Brien?

"Probably before my senior season starts. I want to concentrate on that in the fall."

And how do the Eagles look this coming fall?

"We're looking like we're going to be really good. We return 10 offensive starters and have about 20 or so new players coming in with a lot of speed. I think it's going to be a great year."

As a junior O'Brien threw for more than 1,900 yards and 17 scores.


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