Jersey Lineman Visited Duke

Offensive line is the priority in the class of 2011. That much is clear. And one of the top overall prospect on the recruiting board is New Jersey offensive tackle Shane Mertz who was on campus this past weekend.

"I did visit Duke this past weekend," said Hazlet (N.J.) Raritan standout Shane Mertz. "I had been there before for the Spring Game, but this was a chance to really visit the campus and meet the coaches."

After visiting for the Spring Game Mertz admitted that Duke was at or near the top of the list, and after a second visit not much has changed it would appear.

"They are up there for sure. I had a chance to talk with the coaches and Coach Cutcliffe in particular. Duke has terrific academics and athletics."

Duke, Boston College, Illinois, Maryland, Northwestern, Rutgers and UCF have already offered the Raritan, N.J., native and we asked who he thought could be next.

"The biggest school showing me interest that hasn't offered is Michigan State and my coach thinks they'll offer very soon," Mertz explained. "They've been in twice. The recruiting coordinator came in first and the offensive line coach came in recently, so I'm hoping they do decide to offer me once they get back from being on the road."

As a junior, Mertz was named first-team All-Division, All-County and All-State. He is rated as a three star prospect and the nation's No. 47 offensive tackle.

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