Four Star OL Visited Duke

Donovan Smith

So far the Duke recruiting class has focused on building a solid base and continually improving the program's speed base. With nearly 20 players committed, it would appear as though the Blue Devils are looking to add so serious star power. Recently that process included hosting a four star offensive lineman.

"I was at Duke for a visit last week," said Owings Mills (Md.) standout Donovan Smith. "I was making a couple of visits to the North Carolina schools that day and had a chance to spend time with the Duke coaches. Overall it went really well and I think I have a better feel for what they are all about."

At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Smith is considered a four star prospect and the nation's No. 27 offensive tackle by Scout.com. He has more than 20 offers from virtually every high major program in the country. With so many options you'd think there would be some schools on his list that aren't quite on the same footing as others, but…

"Honestly that's what these visits have all been about. I've been trying to cut some schools off, but they aren't' helping. Every place I visit I see something that makes that school a little bit stronger. So right now there are no favorites and I'm just trying to take it all in."

At some point over the next month, however, Smith admits he's going to trim his list from more than 20 to around 10. From there he'll knock off an additional five schools before taking all his official visits during and after his senior season.

"In the end I want to be at a school that's going to get me ready for the next level both on and off the field. That was something the [Duke coaches] talked about a lot. They have a track record of getting guys to the next level, but if it didn't' work out for some reason I would have the kind of education and valuable degree to be the kind of person I want to be."

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