California lineman impressed with Tech

After visiting The Swamp in Gainesville, Fla. Last Friday, Duke Lemmens of Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif. decided to make a quick trip up to Atlanta to visit the Georgia Tech campus one day later.

After visiting The Swamp in Gainesville, Fla. Last Friday, Duke Lemmens of Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif. decided to make a quick trip up to Atlanta to visit the Georgia Tech campus one day later. Duke's teammate, Casey Matthews, currently holds a Tech offer – and after hearing the glowing comments Casey issued regarding Georgia Tech upon returning home to California late last month, Duke decided he'd take a look for himself and see what all the buzz is about.

"Casey just told me how much he loved it when he went out to Atlanta, so I figured I'd check it out, and I'm glad I did," said Duke, a 6-foot-5-inch, 240-pounder who projects as a defensive lineman at the college level. "I didn't really know anything about Georgia Tech, but I was very surprised at how much I liked it. The education you get is impressive, and the facilities are awesome. I like how the campus is right in the middle of Atlanta. There is so much to do. I was definitely impressed."

Duke says he currently holds 14 offers and, although Tech did not issue a formal offer on his Atlanta trip, he said Tech coaches strongly hinted that a scholarship offer is currently in the works. The big defender dropped off film in Atlanta for the Tech coaching staff to peruse in hopes of attaining a formal offer.

Duke, who said Florida, Arizona and Texas A&M, hold a slight lead for his services at this time – he has offers from all three and has visited each campus – said he plans on making his college choice sometime during his senior season in the fall. If Tech comes through with an offer, expect the Jackets to be right in the thick of the race.

"The more schools I visit, the harder and harder it gets," said Duke. "I look forward to hearing more from [Tech]."

In 2005, Duke tallied over 120 tackles with 10 quarterback sacks.


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