Two Dukies In Regional Top 10

In the final day of Scout.com's state rankings, the Blue Devils find themselves well represented among the Northeastern region of the country with two Duke bound prospects named among the 10 best prospects.

Duke commits Eriks Reks and John Needham have been tabbed as the 6th and 10th best prospects in the Northeast by Scout.com.

Reks, who became Duke's first commitment from the class of 2007 on June 2nd, projects as a defensive end/linebacker hybrid in the Blue Devils' defensive scheme. The 6-foot-5, 230 pounder certainly impressed Scout's national recruiting director Jamie Newberg who described Reks as follows:

Reks is tall, rangey, athletic and intense. He plays with a high motor and high energy. Reks is smart, anticipates well and gets off the line of scrimmage quickly. At times he can be an "edge" guy and get to the quarterback in a hurry. Reks also can show strength and take the inside. He fights off blocks well and can play down the line of scrimmage. Reks also has long arms and he gets up those big paws of his to block the passing lanes. He still seems to be a little in that akward phase. At the same time he shows a ton of upside and could really become a player for the Blue Devils.

Meanwhile Needham, ranked 10th, committed to Duke on July 18th after visiting the campus a week earlier. A huge prospect at 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, Needham chose Duke over an offer from UMass, and interest from Boston College. It was no coincidence that he offered his pledge shortly after visiting Durham either.

"With Duke you have to look at their roster before you pass judgment. They have a lot of young players on the roster," Needham told TDD. "When you look who is playing it's a lot of their redshirt freshmen, sophomores, and even true freshmen. That's something that would be awesome – to go in anywhere and have a chance to start and play early in my career."

While Needham has been a force throughout much of his high school career, he is aware that wherever he ends up – he'll need to continue to work hard to become a more complete player.

"In high school when you're 6'7 and over 300 pounds, you are going to be a lot stronger than most of your opponents. Even so, I make myself concentrate and practice on my footwork and technique every change I get. I consider myself a leader on the field – I'm always working on always being in control and aware of what my team needs. I have to put in the time on the basics and set an example."


Check out ScoutTV's junior highlight video of Eriks Reks below:


Eriks Reks Junior Highlight Film