Dublin Likely to Land in Big Ten

Walter Dublin, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound, defensive end, from Sarasota, Fla., visited Iowa last week. Dublin also has Minnesota and Ohio State on his radar. The odds of Dublin signing with a Big Ten school in February are pretty good. Scout.com caught up with Dublin's coach for a futher examination of the player and his recruitment.

"Scooter has always liked the Big Ten, said Sarasota coach Bob Perkins. "I bet you didn't know that was Walter's nick name. Schools such Alabama and Florida both courted Scooter but they backed off when he told them that he'd like to play in the Big Ten."

We asked Coach Perkins what makes Walter Dublin a top-flight defensive end prospect.

"Definitely his get-off," Coach Perkins explained. "Nobody gets off the ball like Scooter does. He's been a starter for me the past three-years, he has 4.58 speed and he has the ability to stand up and play linebacker.

"I can't say that Scooter is the best player I've ever coached, after all, I had Mike Ford last year and he rushed for 2,843 yards and 37 touchdowns but Walter is definitely amongst the best I've coached."

Dublin visited Iowa City last weekend for an official visit with the Iowa Hawkeyes. We asked coach Perkins if Walter had talked to him about that visit.

"I did get a chance to talk to him (Dublin) about Iowa," Perkins said. "He absolutely loved it. What you have to remember is that Iowa was probably one of the first to offer Scooter a scholarship and that means a lot."

Dublin didn't give Iowa his commitment on his official visit last weekend. Both Minnesota and Ohio State have offered him a scholarship but no official visits have been set with those schools.

To read Dublin's thoughts on his Iowa visit, CLICK HERE

EXTRA POINT - The school lucky enough to receive Dublin's signature in February could have a leg up in a few years for Sarasota quarterback Casey Kelly. Kelly, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound, sophomore gunslinger, should be one of the most sought after quarterbacks in the country in 2007.

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