LOI #18: Duran Christophe

Woodstock (GA) offensive lineman Duran Christophe has signed with NC State!

Duran Christophe
Scout Rating:
***
Scout Rank: #80 Offensive Tackle
Size: 6-5.5, 257 pounds
Hometown: Woodstock, GA
High School: Woodstock High School

Projected position at NCSU: Offensive Tackle

Accolades: Ranked by ESPN as the No. 109 offensive tackle in the nation…Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 81 offensive tackle in America…As a senior was an all-county, all-region and AP all-state selection in Georgia…He was selected to participate in the Georgia North-South all-star classic…Received a B- rating from the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Commit Date: 12/21/2008

Recruiting Scene: Early in the process it was pretty par for the course for Christophe, as he picked up offers from some smaller schools and waited for the programs from BCS conferences to extend scholarships. His interest in NC State really picked up towards the tail end of the recruiting process but he fell in love with the school almost immediately. After taking his official visit to Louisville in mid-December it appeared as though he was on the verge of committing to the Big East school.

His coach told him to take his time, and that kept him on the board for the Pack. Along the way he befriended fellow Georgia lineman Camden Wentz and both made their official visit to NC State together. On the car ride home from Raleigh after their trip, both decided to make their commitment to the Wolfpack.

Why NCSU? "I really liked the players (on his visit). We didn't go out much because the students were out for the holidays so we just hung out with the players. Whenever they got out of practice we were just hanging at their dorm rooms. It was great.

"Another factor for me was the coaches. I love Coach McCollum... my recruiting coach. He's a real good man, and I have a great relationship with him. He came by the house and my mom still can't stop talking about how nice he is. Also, I really liked coach Horton because he's a great line coach. He has a proven record for putting offensive linemen in the NFL, and that success is hard to turn down. He knows what it takes to develop offensive linemen into great players and I want to play for a coach like that."

ESPN Evaluation: Christophe has a huge upside as an offensive lineman. He has good physical dimensions but could use some lower body strength work. Very athletic feet; can get to level two linebackers with ease. Feet move on contact but needs to play lower. Comes out of his stance a little late at times along with being too high. Gives great effort and is not afraid to fight the defender. Uses hands better in pass protection than run blocking; needs to strike a harder initial punch when base blocking along with locking the hands into the opponents frame. Sometimes makes first contact with his chest instead of his hands. Quick enough to get backside position in order to cutoff defender form getting to play side but doesn't always succeed; tends to try and cut too much backside instead of shooting a good cutoff block.

Pass protection varies depending upon which stance he is in. From the three point, he doesn't kick back enough to get depth off the ball resulting in the defender getting into his body too soon. Does a much better job from a two point of getting back and anchored down; uses his hands well in stopping the initial charge of the pass rusher. Needs to keep a good base when mirroring the rusher; sometimes feet come together resulting in a loss of balance. Christophe is a very good athlete that will be a very solid player at the next level with more fundamental work.


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