Christophe: 'I Really Like NC State'

Pack Pride talks with Woodstock (Ga) offensive lineman Duran Christophe about the three teams he has high on his list.

NC State’s scholarship numbers for the class of 2009 are dwindling but one position they continue to target is the offensive line. Woodstock (Ga) standout Duran Christophe is a prospect the Wolfpack coaches are keeping close tabs on headed into the home stretch of the recruiting year.

After a slow 2-4 start, Woodstock turned it on late in the year and finished the season at 8-5. They made it to the third round of the playoffs with much of the success due to the play of Christophe. Although recruited primarily for offense, he made the switch to the other side of the line in 2008.

“I play offensive tackle but this year I played almost all defensive end,” said Christophe. “That was my main position this year. I loved it but then I stopped liking it so much once people started noticing me over there because they started running the other way.”

At 6-6, 260 pounds, Christophe has landed recruiting interest from the likes of Memphis, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State, East Carolina and Kentucky. Alabama, Florida State and Georgia are also involved although they haven’t offered. However, there’s three other schools that Christophe is focused on currently.

“Indiana, Louisville and NC State would be my top three,” he said.

“I like Louisville and Indiana pretty much because of their recruiting coordinators. I don’t know too much about the schools but just because of those guys, like coach Johnson from Indiana , just makes it that much better. With Louisville, they want me to eventually grow into a guard because of my feet and that sounds pretty good, too.”

NC State’s efforts are being headed up by linebacker’s coach Andy McCollum and he’s made the Pack a serious contender.

“Coach McCollum is recruiting me and we joke around all the time. I like talking to him because he’s a little crazy. He’s told me that he’d like me to come in and compete for any spot, offense and defense because they’re signing guys on both sides, even though I’ll play offense most likely.

“I remember he was recruiting me when they were 2-6 and he was telling me they’re not pretty yet. Then they won four in a row and they had a redshirt freshman quarterback that was all-ACC. They’ve got a nice young team and they were on a four game winning streak late in the season. So that really impressed me with NC State.

“I really like NC State because they’re in the ACC and they’re one of the dominant conferences.”

Another factor weighing in the Pack’s favor is head coach Tom O’Brien’s history of developing NFL -caliber linemen. That fact hasn’t gone unnoticed by Christophe.

“Also, with coach O’Brien, he’s mostly like an offensive line coach and he’s helped put a lot of people in the NFL. Their offensive line coach is ranked like No. 2 in the nation by ESPN so the offensive line is one of the biggest things there.”

Christophe visited Louisville last weekend and will check out NC State this weekend. He has a visit to Indiana scheduled in January.

Christophe added that he would like to take all five of his official visits before reaching a decision although he admitted he wasn’t sure if that would happen. He has been rated a three-star prospect by and the No. 84 offensive tackle in the nation by

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