Where Will McEvoy Play?

The passing game has obviously remained a priority for the Blue Devils on the recruiting trails as several top flight signal callers and receivers have garnered interest in the class of 2011. One player who could play either position is four star New Jersey Tanner McEvoy who has visited and likes what he's hearing.

"I visited Duke over my break in February," said Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic prospect Tanner McEvoy. "It was the first day of their spring practice and I had a chance to meet all the coaches and see the team in action. I've also been in regular contact with Coach Knowles."

At 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds McEvoy has several schools on his list which leads to several options. Of course some of those options have options associated with them.

"My strongest attributes are my size and overall athleticism. I think a lot of coaches have a really hard time figuring out which position I will play because I can do three or four of them."

Sporting more than a dozen offers, McEvoy says several schools project him as a wide receiver. But not the Blue Devils, which makes Duke's pitch somewhat unique.

"They were the first school to offer me as a quarterback. They made their offer on September 1st and at that time I had a chance to speak with Coach Cutcliffe. I was very impressed with him and with his history with quarterbacks, obviously. With Duke, they are telling me that if I want to be a quarterback there is no better place in the country to play. And, with such a diverse alumni base and terrific education, it's a great opportunity."

While making the trip to Duke the four star prospect got a chance to see what it is to be a Blue Devil student athlete and he had a chance to see the plans for the improvements that are forth coming.

"I was really happy to see they had plans for an indoor practice facility. The coaches and players were all very excited about the practices and the state of the programs. Our tour of the campus came after we had dinner with the coaches and players, it was getting kind of dark but we had a chance to really see the best of Duke, which was really nice."

Aside from the Blue Devils, McEvoy has offers from Boston College, Maryland, Rutgers, Miami, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, Pitt, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Louisville, Illinois, and Michigan State. Recently he has begun to hear from Florida and Alabama as well. As the summer goes along he hopes to narrow his list and then take his official visits.

"I haven't started to narrow it at this point, and everyone who has offered me is on the same level at this time."

"There are many important factors that will go into my decision of where I go to college but at the top will be the academics and the support system they have in place to help me mix the academics and the challenging football schedule successfully. The team mates and coaches since I will be spending the majority of my time with them and of course the position and playing time."

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