2012 Intro: Evan Duke

WAKE FOREST, N.C. --- Inside Carolina profiles junior Evan Duke, a 6-foot-4, 217-pound defensive end from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.

Scouting Report

"Obviously his size and his speed for the position has brought him attention," Lucas said. "He's 6-4, 215 [pounds], he's quick, he's athletic – and I think that's what the Division I schools want from a defensive lineman."

Prep Career

After accumulating five sacks as a sophomore, Duke exploded with 14 sacks and 35 tackles during his junior season.

"I would say Evan last year showed a lot of potential," Lucas said. "For us, he has to defend the run and the pass. You're going to see him coming off the edge [and] using his speed to get to the quarterback as a pass rusher."

Duke's play on defense has helped Wake Forest-Rolesville win 14 games the past two seasons. In 2010, WFR allowed, on average, under 13 points a game and less than a touchdown in 2009.


Duke is consistently receiving mail from Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

"I think as we get closer to the season, Evan will become known throughout the country," Lucas said.

To help boost his recruiting stock, Duke plans on camping at Alabama, Clemson, and NC State this summer.

Duke has made recruiting trips to Duke, Maryland, NC State, and Wake Forest.

"I'm leaning towards [NC] State just a little bit," Duke said. "They're recruiting me pretty hard."

Duke would like to wait until after the football season to make his collegiate decision.

Extra Notes

Duke's dad is an NC State alum and his mother graduated from Virginia Tech. "Things get kind of crazy during conference play in my house," Duke said… Despite his family connections, Duke grew up a Texas fan, primarily because he idolized Colt McCoy.

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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