In-State OLB Talks Duke

John Scott (6'0, 205, OLB) attended camp and several games over the last year. So where does he sit on the Duke recruiting board?

"I've been to Duke several times and have spoken to the staff on a number of occasions" said Knightdale (N.C.) linebacker John Scott. "I attended Junior Day, went to several games, and spoke to Coach Middleton and Coach Collins."

Measuring out at nearly 6'1 and 205 pounds as a rising senior, Scott projects as an outside linebacker at the collegiate level and has several schools interested. He reports interest from North Carolina, Maryland, Appalachian State, Richmond, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt in addition to his contact with Duke. Of the schools on his list, Scott has formulated a top five.

"In no particular order I'd say my top schools are Duke, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Wofford."

Having already spent a day in Durham earlier this Spring for Junior Day, Scott admits that he was quite impressed with the facilities and recruiting pitch he heard from the Duke coaching staff.

"When I was there I had a chance to watch the scrimmage and speak to the coaches. The campus was eye catching and I love the direction in which the program is headed. I'm excited about the future of Duke football."

"The staff is very friendly and outgoing. I feel comfortable around them. They were very honest with me and told me where I stood as far as a recruit. Coach Middleton, Coach Roper, and Coach Collins have all been involved with me. I also have had a chance to speak with Coach Cutcliffe and really like him and hope to be able to play for him. Overall their recruiting pitch is centering around the chance to get a great education and play for a program that's going to win while upgrading everything about it."

Scott admits the three biggest factors in a decision making process will be education, location, and a mixture of the coaching staff's approach and available playing time. When asked for a self-scouting report he says:

"I move laterally very well and can tackle. I also take pride in my ability to cover and my footwork. The down side right now is that most coaches aren't sure if I'll play outside linebacker or strong safety in college. A lot just depends on how much more I grow."

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