Devils Working For In-State MLB

In-state recruiting has been a priority of the Duke coaching staff over the last few years. And now those relationships have begun to pay off as more and more top tier North Carolina talent is looking to Durham as a viable place to play collegiate football. One such player is three star middle linebacker Tremayne McNair.

"I went to Duke's junior day in February and got to watch them practice," said Jacksonville (N.C.) White Oak standout MLB Tremayne McNair. "I liked the campus a lot. It was really laid back and extremely beautiful. I also like the direction of the program. They are going places."

Going places is a good phrase to describe McNair as well. At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds with a 4.55 forty on the books, he's put together a two year varsity career at White Oak that has several schools interested. To date he's earned double figure offers with schools such as Duke, North Carolina, East Carolina, Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia Tech, NC State, Wake Forest, and West Virginia all throwing their hats in the ring. More school soon followed, which left McNair needing to narrow his list.

"I do have a top five right now. In no particular order they are Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Arkansas."

To the average observer the Blue Devils program may seem a bit of an oddity on such a list, but McNair says Duke is very much in the picture thanks to a tremendous collaborative effort from the coaching staff.

"My main recruiter has been Coach Luke. That's my guy. I've also talked a lot to Coach Collins. He's the type of coach I really enjoy being around and learning from. The coaching staff has told me they are out to get better players and they are going to be more competitive. They are going to play better teams. Look at this year, they are going to play Alabama at home."

"Overall Duke is really selling me on the idea that I can get a great degree while becoming a leader. I'll have a chance to really step in early and play which will make an immediate impact on the team."

Rated as the nation's No. 25 middle linebacker prospect and a three star prospect, McNair began his high school career as a wide receiver before making the switch to the defensive side of the ball as he grew.

"It's funny because one of the main strengths of my game is that I like to really hit. But my freshman year I was playing wide receiver because I didn't like contact all that much. But now I love it. I'm also pretty quick laterally and I'm a fierce competitor. Every time I'm on the field I want to win."

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