Devils Hosted In-State DE At Camp

Kareem Martin

With a decidedly in-state flavor to the class of 2010 to date, the Blue Devils appear to be looking to continue the theme. Last week during camp the Duke coaching staff hosted one of the top defensive linemen in the state in the form of Roanoke Rapids standout Kareem Martin.

"I did attend camp at Duke, and I was impressed with the way things are working under the coaching staff," said Roanoke Rapids defensive end prospect Kareem Martin. "I had a chance to work with my recruiting and position coach, Coach Hobby, and I liked what he was doing. He's very intense on the field, but will also stop you to make sure you're doing things the right way."

The idea of doing things the right way and not cutting corners before learning to do the activity well enough to do it fast and then faster is something the Duke coaching staff has instilled in the program over the last two years. It's part of a changing culture that has both current and future Blue Devils singing the same tune, while also appealing to potential teammates such as Martin.

"Duke has been down in the past, but with Coach Cutcliffe you can really see things are changing around the program. He's recruited a lot of talented players who were recruited by other schools. This year he's trying to doing it again and is off to a good start - I've been paying attention."

And, no doubt, the Duke head coach and staff have been paying the same attention right back to Martin. It's easy to see why.

At 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, Martin is rated as a three star prospect and the nation's No. 64 defensive end prospect. Perhaps those numbers don't blow you away, but as any college coach will tell you, ratings aren't always the quality test for a recruit. Instead, sometimes, you need to look at the offer sheet which is where Martin's resume really jumps out with written offers in hand from Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Stanford, West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Penn State, Louisville, and Clemson.

With so many high major players in the recruitment, what kind of timetable is Martin looking for?

"I've got a few more visits to take, and then I'll cut my list down and then I'll look to decide from the short list. It could happen before my senior season so that I can enjoy [the season]."

And, after visiting Duke and sitting down with Coach Cutcliffe at camp, is there a chance the Blue Devils will make that narrowed list?

"They are up there. I know they've had some struggles in the past, but that's changing. I have a comfort level with them. We'll see what happens, but I can see them in the final group."

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