In-state WR talks recruiting

Josh Cabrera

Duke's passing game is considered one of the best around, and local prospects have taken notice in the class of 2014. This in-state standout has visited Duke already, and says he's impressed with what he's seen.

"Right now I have offers from Duke, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina," said Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside standout Josh Cabrera. "I'm open to anyone at this point, but I've learned some good things about those programs and am getting more comfortable with them."

Cabrera, a 6-foot-3, 185 pound wide receiver, is also hearing from NC State, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina. However, he says that recruiting is on the back burner for now as he prepares for the summer circuit.

"I'm going to visit the Nike and Under Armor combines in Charlotte coming up, and then I'll probably look at different camps. I haven't really thought about too much more than those events at this point."

When the decision making process begins, however, Cabrera says he knows what he's looking for.

"It comes down to how I really feel around the school and the coaches. I want to be comfortable with everyone and everything. Location isn't a huge factor so long as I'm comfortable with everything."

For their part, it appears as though the Duke coaching staff is working hard to make their recruiting pitch.

"With Duke I talk mainly with coaches Boyette and Montgomery. I've also talked with Coach Cutcliffe a lot as well as Coach Middleton before he moved on to the Jaguars. Coach Cutcliffe has talked about how I fit in and how I would be used. Coaches Montgomery and Boyette have talked about how Duke will give me the opportunity to get a great education, but how the program will also set me up to be a great person after football."

"Overall, I feel like Duke football has improved and they are still doing so. You can't knock their past, because this coaching staff has come in and changed things. I would like to get back up there and do another visit at some point."

Cabrera says he has some familiarity with all the programs who have offered, having visited Duke for the football game against Memphis last Fall, and having visited North Carolina for their basketball game against Duke last week.

"[The recruiting process] has been fun, but I know I'm not done yet. I need to stay focused and improve as a player and stay strong in the classroom. I need to work on my speed and the little things that make receivers much better. I felt that I dropped too many balls this past season, even though my stats don't reflect it. I do feel like I've improved in route running, creating space between me and the defender, and other things." This year I hope that my hard work in the off-season will translate to an even better senior season."

A decision isn't expected until late in the high school season, or even on National Signing Day at this point.

Last season, Cabrera had 600 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.

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