2012 Intro: Duke Anyanwu

Elk River (Minn.) Blaine athlete Duke Anyanwu hasn't been the most publicized recruit, but that will likely change. With schools like Michigan, Wisconsin, Stanford and Minnesota showing interest, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder could be on the verge of landing his first scholarship offer.

Profile: Duke Anyanwu
Size: 6-foot-4, 200 pounds
Hometown: Elk River, Minn
School: Blaine (5A)
Position: Athlete

Prep Career

As a junior, Anyanwu caught 25 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 27 yards rushing on seven carries and 51 yards passing, while leading the Bengals to a 10-1 record.


"Recruiting is going pretty well for me—it's starting to pick up now," he said. "I don't have any offers yet, but I have interest from University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Stanford University, South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, North Dakota State, University of Michigan, Air Force, Navy, Dartmouth, Brown, University of Northern Iowa and a bunch of other D2 schools."

Anyanwu hopes to earn his first scholarship offer this summer by showcasing his talents at various camps around the nation. Wisconsin, Michigan, Standford, Air Force and Minnesota highlight an extensive camp schedule for the versatile athlete.

"I've got the talk of, if I camp well they'll be coming," Anyanwu said about the prospect of garnering scholarship offers.

Attending a camp at Minnesota won't be Anyanwu's first visit to in-state school. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound athlete has visited Minnesota multiple times and mentioned he "definitely" likes what the U has to offer.

"At Minnesota you get a unique feel of hard work and ethics," he explained. "I like that a lot. A lot of these school feel they've already made it as a program so they don't need to still work hard at everything they do, but at Minnesota they're about hard work and doing everything with excellence on and off the field. They work like they have something to prove and I love that because nothing is ever just going to be handed to you in life."

Anyanwu is no stranger to hard work.

"I'm going to work as hard as I can, all the time," he said of what he brings to a football team. "I love being the first one on and last one off the field. As a wide receiver I feel I bring size, hands, strength, and after-the-catch skills. I have a passion for football because it's more than a game—it teaches life lessons.

Anyanwu—who likely projects as a wide receiver in college—will lead the Bengals as the starting quarterback this fall.

"I love being a leader and being in control of the offense, so I'm excited about transitioning to quarterback this year," he said. "I'm the type of guy where if you need a yard or its crunch time, I want the ball in my hands because I have faith that I'll make the right play or read necessary to get it."

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