As talented as Duke Lemmens is on the field, he understands that tomorrow is never a given when it comes to football. That's why education and his coaches will play a huge role in his recruitment. "Some of these coaches are like your parents for the next four years." "I want to have a good relationship with the coaches. I want a head coach who will not only keep my head on the field but hold me accountable for all my actions off the field and get that degree."
In addition to academics and coaching, Lemmens feels that location is an important factor in his decision. "If I could see myself living there the next four year of my life that's going to be a big deal. I want to love the city I'm living in."
On the field, the 6'5 and 240 lb. DE says his best characteristic is his "motor." "No matter wherever the ball is I'm going to get to it. I don't care if I'm 80 yards away, I'm going to get to that ball." Entering his 4th year as a starter at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, California, Lemmens claims 17 scholarship offers, including the most recent from Michigan State and Boise State.
While he doesn't mind chasing the ball carrier down the field, he understands that sacks can change a game quickly and that's why his motor never stops. "There's nothing better than getting a piece of the quarterbacks; I hate quarterbacks." Lemmens finished the 2005 season with 80 tackles and 10 sacks, just one sack shy of his favorite pro, DE Dwight Freeney.
Coming off back-to-back undefeated seasons and three straight championships, Duke Lemmens and his Lions teammates are looking to keep their 32-game winning streak alive and win their fourth straight championship. "I come from a winning team. I'm mean; I'm a sore loser. You show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser."
A fierce competitor who's currently holding a 3.5 GPA, he understands the amount of hard work and effort it takes to win, and is looking for a program that can challenge him both academically and physically. "I love the kind of defense where the DE is real active and not only pass rushing off the edge a lot but can drop back in coverage too."
This summer Lemmens is scheduled to attend the Friday Night Lights camp hosted by University of Florida, and has already made an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech where "I came out very impressed." He claims the Yellow Jackets "ended up offering me a week or two later."
When asked what he enjoyed about his visit he stated, "I loved how it was right in the middle of Atlanta, I know the tradition they have there and how successful they have been."
As far as choosing a school, his current top four are Arizona, Texas A&M, Miami and Florida, but he added that Georgia Tech is "still one I'm considering." "I'm going to try and commit maybe during the season or at least by the end of my senior season so I can enjoy the rest of my senior year without any worries."
While contemplating existing offers and awaiting new ones, Lemmens' biggest goal for the season is "putting more size on my frame. I've been working my tail off in the weight room and I'm just trying to get more size without losing any speed." If he meets his goal, Lemmens and his fellow seniors should surely go out with a bang, ending their high school football careers with a fourth straight championship.