Duke Enjoys Pack Visit

Wake Forest (NC) Rolesville defensive end Evan Duke will be on NC State's radar this upcoming season. He talks about his recent visit to NC State with Pack Pride.

Class of 2012 defensive end Evan Duke was one of the many prospects in attendance at NC State's junior day a little over a week ago.

The juniors that made the trip to Raleigh were able to see some of the campus, get a first hand look at the Pack's facilities, meet with the coaches and watch the team practice in preparation for their upcoming bowl game against West Virginia.

Duke, a 6-4, 217-pound defensive end from Wake Forest-Rolesville, has yet to receive a verbal offer from the Pack or any other school, but he seems to be on several different recruiting boards.

"It went pretty well," Duke said, referring to his trip to NC State. "I got to meet the players and the coaches and I really liked them. I really like the facilities they have there. It was pretty nice."

Duke said he spoke with several of NC State's assistant coaches and he was pleasantly surprised that they knew who he was.

"They just came up to me and they knew my name. I didn't know they knew me," Duke said. "They were just asking how I like it there. They had been sending me letters every week but that's about it. State seems like a nice place. It's really interesting."

He and the other recruits in attendance watched the practice that took place after the other activities and that seemed to go well.

Earlier in the fall Duke attended Maryland's game against Duke and he said the Terrapins are high on his list as well. Maryland and NC State are the only two schools he has visited, though he has heard from several other schools as well.

"I don't have any favorites," Duke said. "I'm just interested in anybody who wants to talk to me."

There will probably be a lot of schools that want to talk to Duke after they see some film of him from his junior season at Wake Forest-Rolesville. He only recorded about 35 tackles, but he registered 18 sacks as one of the state's top pass rushing threats. His team finished 14-2, making it to the state championship game. Duke is blistering quick off the edge and boasts a ton of physical upside.

Duke is being recruited as a defensive end. Though he has the frame and speed of a potential outside linebacker he said no schools have mentioned the possibility of moving him off the defensive line.

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