Huskies offer Cali defender

When you talk about the pass-rushing defensive ends, you think of players like Dwight Freeney, Julius Peppers and Simeon Rice. They can change the way offenses go about their business and they are a coveted lot. One such player that is becoming a highly sought-after prospect is Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Ca.) DE Duke Lemmens.

"Things have been going great" Lemmens told Dawgman.com about the recruiting interest coming his way. "I've got offers from Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Duke and Utah."

Washington was his most recent offer and it came in a rather unique way.

"My head coach (Bill Redell) called me and three of my teammates into his office," Lemmens said. "So me, Michael Ebbit, Marshall Jones and Marc Tyler all came in and sat down and he ended up calling coach (Tyrone) Willingham and he offered all of us on the conference call.

"That just came out of nowhere but it was a great surprise for us. I really liked what I heard and he's just a great coach and he's got a great reputation in the coaching community. I'm looking for a coach that won't just teach me about playing football, but will also keep me in check and make sure I do things right off the field too. I know he can do that for me."

Lemmens said he's never been to the University of Washington before, but he's seen pictures and likes what he sees.

"I've seen pictures of the stadium and it looks amazing up there," Lemmens said. "I really like coach Willingham and respect him a lot. I haven't decided when I'm coming up there yet, but they are definitely a school I'm going to check out."

A couple of things helping out the Dawgs chances with the playmaking defender from southern California is that Biddell's son played for Willingham at Stanford and that his mother lived in the Seattle-area for 15 years.

"My mom has a lot of friends up there," Lemmens said. "She loves Seattle and we've talked about it a little bit. She was a flight attendant up there for a while so she knows all about it. She and my dad will come with me when I go up there to visit."

While it is still very early in the recruiting process for Lemmens said he was confident enough to give an early top six.

"I would say, in no real order, Oregon, Arizona, Florida, Stanford, Utah and Washington would be my top six," Lemmens said. "It's still really early though and I know that I'm going to just take it slow."

He said Florida is recruiting him the hardest at this point and that he has tentative plans to visit the Gators on April 28th. He also expects to head to Tucson to watch the Wildcats' spring game on the April 22nd.

Lemmens said he didn't plan to attend any combines or team camps at this point, but that may change as the summer draws closer.

As a junior, was an all-CIF selection after recording over 120 tackles and 10 sacks.

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