Three Star Top 25 LB Sets Duke Visit

With their most productive defensive player graduating after the season and the overall depth at linebacker being a question, the Duke coaching staff is working overtime on one of Ohio's best prospects.

Luke Kuechly, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker out of Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier has received offers from a number of programs including Stanford, Northwestern, Duke, Virginia, Boston College, Cincinnati, and Virginia. Now, as the timeframe for the current senior class continues to wind down he's starting picking his official visits.

Those visits begin this weekend when Kuechly will visit Virginia. After the trip to Charlottesville the nation's #25 SLB prospect will take a week off for Thanksgiving before heading to Duke on December 5th. After the turn of the new year he hopes to make a trip to Stanford as well.

It will be the second time he has visited Palo Alto after making the trip west last summer.

"I went out to Stanford last summer," said Kuechly. "Each school is nice its own way. Coach (Jim) Harbaugh told me that I would fit in well at Stanford. They have a very beautiful campus and a brand new stadium, which I thought was unbelievable. My parents liked Stanford a lot, particularly the academic reputation of it."

Those schools will join Boston College on the list of places Kuechly has visited, leaving the talented prospect one more potential visit - which he is currently debating. The limited amount of remaining visits corresponds with the Blue Devils' approach to this recruiting process in that Duke has a limited number of spots remaining.

"I've talked to the Duke coaches about where they are with the class and what it means. I really like the academics and opportunities there, and the program is really making big strides. They have a lot of guys committed already, but they told me that they really want me to come in -- so I feel like I've got a spot if I want to take it."

After making his visits, Kuechly says he'll sit down and talk it over with his parents. There will be two primary factors in where he ends up offering his pledge: Where he can find the best education and where he can make an impact on the field.

"I want to go to a school where I am going to get a good education. Academics are very important to my family and me. I will take all of my visits and then make a decision then. I want to weigh all my options."


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