Three Star DE Sees Possibilities At Duke

Jeremiah Attaochu says that Syracuse, Maryland and Illinois have been recruiting him the hardest. "Syracuse has a great journalism program and that's what I want to major in," Attaochu said. "Plus the program is up-and-coming too. They are gonna need some defensive ends and I think I could play early there." He will be taking his first official visit on Dec. 5 to see the Orange coaches.

Jeremiah Attaochu, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound three-star defensive end from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., will be taking his first official visit on Dec. 5 to Syracuse.

Attaochu, ranked as the No. 44 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader but favors Maryland, Duke, Syracuse, Illinois and Kansas State. All have offered (16 total).

He says that Syracuse, along with Maryland and Illinois have been recruiting him the hardest.

"Syracuse has a great journalism program and that's what I want to major in," Attaochu said. "Plus the program is up-and-coming too. They are gonna need some defensive ends and I think I could play early there."

Although he attended camps at North Carolina and Virginia, the only school from his top five that he's already visited is Maryland. "It's only about 15 minutes away," he said about the Terps. "I've been to a couple games this season."

So will their proximity give the Terps an edge? "My parents like that they are close," he said. "It's a great location, so that's a plus, but I don't mind leaving home."

"I like Maryland a lot," he said. "The people there are great and I love the atmosphere during the games. It's a fun place that gets very loud."

Illinois was his first offer last May. "I like the Big Ten," Attaochu said. "I also really like (defensive line) coach Keith Gilmore. He's a calm and collected guy. He's very smart and knows a lot about the position. I think I'd learn a lot from him."

Attaochu admits that the position coach will play a large factor in his decision. "I need to make sure I get along well with my position coach," he said.

"I also want a team that has good unity and where I get along with the players," he said. "I want to be able to play and go where I'll have a chance to get in early."

Another school that Attaochu admits he's very interested in visiting is Duke. "They have great academics," he said about the Blue Devils. "And the program is turning it around. I can see myself playing early there. They aren't too deep on defense."

Although he admits he doesn't know a lot about Kansas State, he says he's been impressed with their turnaround this season. "They're doing pretty good," he said. "I wouldn't mind checking them out."

Attaochu says he didn't grow up following a specific school.

He plans on making a decision in late January. "I want to take at least two or three visits for sure," he said. "I may have to take one in January."

Attaochu finished his senior season with over 60 tackles and 14 sacks for a 2-8 team.

"I'm good at the pass rush," he said. "I have great speed and I play very disciplined. I play well under pressure too."

He says he can bench 295-pounds, squat 315 and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

"I want to get stronger and be more powerful when I'm tackling," he said. "I want to get quicker overall and make faster decisions."

Attaochu plans to major in journalism and reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 940 two-part-SAT, which he plans on retaking.


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