Legacy Recruit Has Options

Legacy recruits can sometimes be a double edged sword for coaching staffs. One the one hand there's the attraction of keeping the alumni base happy. However, sometimes the legacy recruit won't live up to the hype of those who came before. That's not the case for one Virginia prospect who spent some time on campus during the camping period.

"The camp was high intensity. We worked very hard in both the morning and afternoon sessions," said Virginia Beach (Va.) Atlantic Shores tight end prospect Will Wentz. "The competition was great and when we went one on one with the linebackers in Wallace Wade Stadium, I was able to release and stay on my routes and think I made several nice catches."

For Duke football historians the family name Wentz may ring a bell as Will's great uncle, Earle Wentz, earned all-American honors as an end during the 1930s for the Blue Devils. It's a family connection that had the younger Wentz very high on the program before camping. And even higher now that he's seen the new direction of the program. Now it's just time to earn an offer."

"I love Duke. They are graduating three tight ends in 2011 which means there is a lot of opportunity to prove myself on the field and in the classroom this fall. I am working every day to improve all aspects of my game to put myself in the best position possible to earn one."

During the camp, Wentz said he measured out at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds while running a forty in the high 4.7 range. As a dual-sport star (basketball) he felt he impressed the coaches with his lateral movement as well. Of course there's always things to work on.

"The coaches told me to keep working hard and to improve my hand-eye. They want me to work on catching the ball out in front of me. Overall I was very pleased with my performance at the camp. I caught all my passes and my one-on-one drills went very well. I know my forty time can get better, but this is just my second year of football and in basketball we never did forties."

Being out of practice in the various tricks of the trade on the track hasn't slowed the interested from Duke. The coaches have spoken to him numerous times and he's visited twice. During such visits he's had a chance to get to know a couple of the assistants.

"Coach Hobby and Coach Middleton are very knowledgable and very passionate about their jobs. The entire staff is first class all the way around. The way the coaches react to one another is refreshing to see. It seems they truly enjoy what they are doing and who they are working with."

In addition to the camp in Durham, Wentz will be working out at James Madison, Virginia, Marshall, and a few others. He reports interest and coaching contact from Marshall, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Army, Navy, Illinois, Richmond, Clemson, Connecticut, and others.

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