Duke Staff The Selling Point For Schroeder

When he committed to the Blue Devils earlier this week, Sean Schroeder was a virtual unknown to many Duke football fans. The 6-foot-3, 185lbs California signal caller sat down with TDD on Monday afternoon to go over his commitment and what he's looking forward to over the next four or five seasons.

"I was sitting around on Friday night and I got an email from Coach Roper telling me they were very interested and seeing where I was with everythinhg on the recruiting front," said Sean Schoreder. "It was pretty late, so I just planned to call him early on Saturday morning. When I called him I just told him that Duke was a real option for him and I really liked what they were saying. Coach Roper told me to hang tight for a while because he had to talk to Coach Cutcliffe. He called back and said they were officially offering me. I asked for a while to think about it so I could discuss things with my family and my coach. Later on it made sense for me, so I called and accepted."

And with that the Blue Devils had landed the nation's No. 55 rated quarterback prospect who is described as a very accurate passer with good arm strength.

"I think the strengths I have are my accuracy and my ability to really read a receiver and a defense. I am athletic enough to more around the pocket when I feel the rush coming, and I am not afraid to throw the ball away."

That combination of accuracy and feel for the quarterback position was what drew the Duke coaching staff to Schoreder, which is interesting because it was the coaching staff the attracted him toward a career as a Blue Devil.

"With Duke you have a coach who has made a career out of developing top rated quarterbacks. Coach Cutcliffe helped get the Mannings started and Eric Ainge is going to be playing in the NFL this year as well. When you look at the opportunity to play for a guy with his track record and a guy like Coach Roper - there was no way I could turn it down."

With the recruiting process now in the rear view mirror, Schoreder is focusing on his senior season and looking forward to getting back across the country to see more of his future home.

"My sister went to Elon, so I'm familiar with the area. I am hoping I can make an unofficial visit to Duke over the course of the season and then I'll be coming back later in the year - probably in December or January - for my official visit."

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