Michigan Lineman Wants To Visit

The offensive line is certainly an area of need for the Blue Devils in the class of 2011. To that end Duke is scouting the country in hopes of adding some top notch prospects. One player who has moved up the recruiting board is Macomb (Mich.) Dakota High standout lineman Bernard Taylor.

"I haven't visited Duke at this point," said Macomb (Mich.) Dakota High lineman prospect Bernard Taylor. "But I've been talking with Coach Sarrett and I am hoping to visit in a month or so."

Taylor, a 6-foot-2, 280 pound two-way lineman spent most of the season as a defensive tackle, though he could also play on the interior of the offensive line at the next level. He began speaking with the Duke coaching staff around the turn of the new year, but admits he's interested in hearing a lot more.

"Duke is a fantastic academic school, but is it a school I can see myself playing at? As of right now I don't know enough about them. Coach Sarrett is the guy I speak to the most, and we don't just talk about football. He's done a great job with me and has provided me a lot of information, I just need to learn more so I can figure out what their main recruiting pitch is."

Perhaps not a top flight endorsement, but the Blue Devils are a bit late to the party and have several schools from the midwest who have been on Taylor a lot longer. Because of that the rising senior does admit to a top three.

"The schools that stick out to me the most are Indiana, Ball State, and Central Michigan. I can talk for a while about the amount of mail I'm getting, but when it comes down to these schools really trying to figure out who I am, not many of them are on top of that."

"I was getting my tux for prom and a guy was telling me that recruiting is a lot like an auction. Coaches are all bidding and trying to wow the seller with something. I mean coaches can come and talk to me all day about the success of their programs and where they are going, but I'm going to look towards the ones who have offered me because they are being up front and have their chips on the table.

With such a balanced approach to the process, does Taylor have an idea of the factors that will play the biggest role in his decision?

"I am looking for a school that feels like home to me. I want it to be a school that I can see myself playing for and one that graduates their players."

Taylor, who has yet to be evaluated by Scout.com, says his biggest strengths on the field are his speed, agility, and strength.

"I feel like that allows me to overpower my opponents on the line of scrimmage. I still need to learn more about the game, though. The best players are always trying to learn and improve."

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