D-End Attends UCLA's Junior Day

The 6-5, 237-pound defensive lineman from Westlake Village Oaks Christian, Duke Lemmens, attended UCLA's Junior Day Saturday and talks about what the UCLA coaches told him about his recruitment...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian defensive lineman Duke Lemmens (6-5, 237), the son of a UCLA alumnus, was at UCLA's Junior Day on Saturday and told us about the experience.

"It went pretty well," Lemmens said. "We got to watch the practice and they had a scrimmage. Then we met with the coaches, and they had all of the parents come in and let them talk for a while, and we then got a tour of the campus."

UCLA Offensive Coordinator Jim Svoboda has Ventura County as one of his recruiting regions, so Lemmens spent some time with him, but he also got to talk with new defensive line coach Todd Howard.

"I talked with Coach Howard and he is a really cool guy. He coached with Jacksonville so he showed us some film of the Jacksonville linemen," said Lemmens.

While he didn't receive an offer from the Bruin staff, he did leave with some encouraging news from the coaches: "Coach Svoboda talked with me and said that they liked me and that I'm a guy that they will look at during my senior year. They are only giving two scholarships to defensive linemen, since they took so many last year, and so they want to see if I develop some more. I'm not going to decide until after my senior year, so that gives me some motivation."

However, Lemmens did pick up his second scholarship offer this week, from Oregon, after Utah had offered him last month. And his favorite school, Stanford, has been sending him handwritten letters weekly.

"I sent them my transcripts (Lemmens has a 3.5 GPA) and they said I need to get them up a little more but that they are real interested in me," said Lemmens. "If they offered, I'd still probably wait, but I don't know if I'd go anywhere else."

Lemmens said that after Stanford as his top school, Oregon, Utah and UCLA rounded out his favorites. He's also received some interest from Alabama, Michigan, Tennessee and USC.

"I want to take as many unofficial trips this summer that I can, maybe go back east or into the South," said Lemmens.

Lemmens, who is one of the many D-I prospects in Oaks' Class of 2007, is one of the few who will enter his senior year as a four-year starter. During his junior year, Lemmens recorded 80 tackles and 10 sacks, despite rarely playing in the fourth quarter, thanks to several Lions' blowouts.


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