Lineman Talks Duke Visit

"There's not much you can say wrong about Duke, I felt very much at home. The fans were all very welcoming, all the students were walking around campus and I couldn't find anything I didn't like about Duke." Annapolis (Md.) lineman could see himself heading down to Durham after high school.

Hussam Ouri is a versatile lineman capable of holding his own on both sides of the ball. Ouri is a hard worker who measures in at 6-foot-2, 290-pounds. He started at Broadneck High last year at guard and defensive tackle, and will be making the switch to center for his senior year.

"My coach says that the schools looking at me would like me even more if they got a chance to see my versatility, so by switching to center they can feel comfortable knowing I can play guard or center at the next level. If they want me on the defensive line I would do that too."

Ouri made a trip down to visit the Duke campus this past fall, and could not find anything he didn't like about the school.

"I went down the weekend they played N.C. State last year. The campus was awesome! There's not much you can say wrong about Duke, I felt very much at home. The fans were all very welcoming, all the students were walking around campus saying hello and I couldn't find anything I didn't like about Duke. I got to go into the player's locker room after the game and talk to some guys about the school. I didn't come across one guy on the team who said they didn't love everything about being a Blue Devil student-athlete."

"Before the game all of the coaches I met were all pretty happy I came to visit. I gave them my tape and we talked for a minute, then they took me on a walk I will never forget. I walked through the football facility and then out the tunnel and onto the field. The tunnel gave me goosebumps, just seeing all of the players running onto the field. There is no way not to get pumped up when you see that. I got to stand on the sidelines for the pregame warm-ups. I watched the defensive line work and a lot of the stuff they did we also do at my high school, so I know I would be comfortable with them. The game was fun, almost everyone in the crowd was on their feet the whole game. I like that the stadium is very personal, you can see up into the stands and hear what the people are saying. I would be honored if an offer came in the mail."

Ouri has also been on visits to Maryland and Pittsburgh.


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