The Duke football program added a commitment from a hard-nosed and underrated linebacker from a prestigious high school program on Monday.
“I committed to Duke yesterday,” said 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker Corey Sobel from Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha. “I talked to the staff and let them know.”
Last year DeMatha, one of the top high school football programs in Maryland, Sobel was one of the most productive players on the east coast as he racked up 160 tackles en route to being chosen to the all-state team.
He has great speed, running the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds, and because of his size he may project as either a safety or an outside linebacker at Duke. So what set the Devils apart from the other schools that had caught his eye?
“When it came down to it, I just could not picture myself turning down a scholarship from Duke. Just the feeling I got with Duke was enough to put them over the rest. They have a tremendous academic tradition and the attitude surrounding their school and program was really great. I believe they have a commitment to success in the future with great new facilities being built. Because it’s not one of the bigger college programs, there won’t be as much pressure or stress, so I can really focus on playing football and getting the best education I possibly can.”
Sobel committed to Duke over an offer from Connecticut, and lots of interest from Northwestern, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.