You have to give the Duke Blue Devils credit. Despite some bumps in the road of progress on the field, Duke has made some considerable strides in the recruiting wars and it took home an early recruiting victory for the class of 2007 late last week when Roxboro (N.C.) Person offensive lineman Doug Weaver committed.
"He's something special," Person coach Mark Lunsford said about Weaver.
"He's 6-foot-6, 285 pounds and has been a starter for us ever since he was a freshman. He started at defensive tackle as a ninth grader and was an all-conference player then.
"Then last year he was a second-team all-area pick at offensive line, and now many are calling him one of the top five junior prospects in the state."
Weaver is a good one, no doubt. Duke offered him a scholarship shortly after September 1 and he jumped on the offer early. He was also offered by Wake Forest and Georgia, Virginia and Miami were also showing some early interest in him before he pledged to the Blue Devils.
"His best attribute is his feet," Lunsford said. "He has excellent feet for a guy his size. He's really good on zone plays. He knows how to get to the defender, block him and then move on to the next guy up the field.
"He's something special. He's every bit the blue-chip prospect."
Well, he would have been if he hadn't decided to commit early.
Not only is Weaver a talent on the field, he is special in the classroom too with a 1200 on the SAT as a freshman in high school.
"He's just an outstanding kid that you want on your team," Lunsford said. "He's a great leader both on and off the field and he's going to be fun to watch as he gets better and better over the next two years."