Three Star OL Visited Duke Last Week

One of the players occupying a lofty perch on the class of 2010 recruiting board is Roswell (Ga.) Centennial offensive tackle David Yankey. Currently rated as a three star prospect, and the nation's #43 offensive tackle, Yankey recently stopped in at Duke during a whirlwind recruiting roadtrip.

Checking in at 6-foot-5 and 278 pounds, David Yankey is hard to miss. Especially when he's making an unofficial visit. So it was no surprise that several coaching staffs happened to be around when the three star tackle stopped in Durham, Chapel Hill, Winston Salem, and Columbia last week to visit the Blue Devils, Tar Heels, Deacons, and Gamecocks.

"It was a good chance to see several schools in a short time. I had a chance to meet the coaches and get some more information about the schools," said Yankey. "I learned a lot, and enjoyed it."

Earlier this month Yankey named the Blue Devils as one of his top four schools along with Florida, South Carolina, and Stanford noting that there was "not any order". And, after the visits to Duke and South Carolina, he admits that he's got more information, but isn't ready to name favorites.

"I got a lot of information about both places and the others as well, but I don't think I'm close to a decision. Right now I want to take visits - to Stanford and Florida - and some others, and then I'll probably [make a decision] after my senior season. I know I've got time."

Still, it doesn't hurt that such a talented prospect has been on campus in Durham twice in the last few months - also visiting for Duke's junior day over the Winter. Credit is due to the coaching staff where assistant coach Matt Luke has forged a solid relationship.

"[Coach Luke] is a really good guy. He stays in touch with me as much as he can (under the rules) and I've comfortable talking to him. It doesn't hurt that he's also my position coach."

Another positive for the Blue Devils is the school's level of academics - something that Yankey says is extremely important.

"I definitely want a good academic school that has good football. I also need a good relationship with the coaches and a chance to be successful on the field. With Duke and Stanford you have two great schools - and they are probably recruiting me the hardest of any of them."

When asked to describe himself as a player, Yankey reports:

"I've got good feet and good hips and I'm really long and lengthy, which is good for pass blocking," Yankey said. "I bench press around 275 pounds and squat 450."

Yankey reports a 1310 two-part SAT score and a numeric GPA of 90.


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