In-State LB Talks Duke

With a brother already heading to Duke, many assume the Blue Devils are going to be tough to beat for Charlotte outside linebacker prospect Kyler Brown. TDD spoke with the 6'4, 200 pound prospect to get an idea of where things stand.

"I've visited Duke more than eight times," said Charlotte (N.C.) Christian School outside linebacker Kyler Brown. "Mainly because of my brother, but I've also gone for myself as well. I've been able to talk with the coaches in person many times in person and on the phone. We have a very good relationship growing."

Brown, who is rated as a two star outside linebacker prospect by, is being recruited by a number of schools outside of Durham including North Carolina, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Illinois, Stanford, Oregon, NC State, and West Virginia. So far he has not determined a timeframe for knocking down his list.

Having a brother heading to Durham has afforded Kyler a chance to really see the inner workings of the Duke program. So what are his thoughts on the Blue Devils?

"The coaching staff is top of the line. Even though they lost some coaches, they got some new ones that are just as good. I have gotten to talk to most of the coaches there and the thing that sticks out in my mind is how much they care about the players and recruits. It's hard for me to pick out a lead coach for me because of all the coaches that have recruited me, but I would have to say coach Hobby has been my lead coach because he's the one who liked me enough to offer me, along with coach Cutcliffe of course."

"I have been able to talk to coach Cutcliffe on several occasions, one of which was when I called him and he offered me a scholarship. I think he is a great person and coach. It doesn't matter who you are or how important you are, he will still talk to you."

As with every recruit the Blue Devils have addressed their recent history and the turning tide with regard to the football program's yearly performances. So far, Brown says he believes the message.

"They have assured me that they are building up the program and their main goal is to win. They aim for championships."

And while Brown says the coaching staff has done a good job recruiting him, there are some aspects of Duke which appear to sell themselves….with a little help from another source.

"I've visited the campus at least five times to see either a football game or a basketball game. I got to see the football facilities, inside and out, and I also had a tour of the campus with my brother and parents. The campus was beautiful and the buildings were cool because of how they looked like castles. The program is gaining power from the new recruiting classes that it is getting and the coaching staff they have. I think the program is getting bigger and better, even though that might just be from my brother brainwashing me."

Brown, who has played defensive end and linebacker for Charlotte Christian, is being recruited as an outside linebacker. When asked for a self-evaluation of his on the field abilities, he notes the following:

"My best attributes are the athleticism I have with the size that I am. I also think people notice my aggressiveness, my desire to make plays, my awareness, my elusiveness, and my football knowledge. My weaknesses are working to hard, not having enough weight behind me, and not being able to stay as low as long as possible."

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