With the signing period approaching, things are beginning to get interesting on the recruiting front. We’ve already detailed the incoming transfers, Wayne Capers and Armstead Williams. Rumor is that they’ve already enrolled and registered for classes and started at Duquesne at the beginning of the spring semester.
More news and rumors have come out over the last few days. Fellow fan Always A Duke reported on the forums that a wide receiver would be incoming from Penn State and that he may have already registered for classes. This would be a bit of a different flavor from recent BCS transfers to Duquesne in that the player is supposedly not connected to Western PA, but rather Eastern PA. Finally, the rumor concludes with the thought that the player would have two years of eligibility remaining.
If we look at Penn State’s roster, it’s difficult to see where all of those elements will come together. Last year’s wide receivers who were sophomores include: Geno Lewis (Wilkes Barre, PA), Deshawn Baker (Philadelphia, PA), and Jonathan Warner (Camas, WA). Two of those three are from Eastern PA. Certainly we’ll be watching the situation with interest.
Let’s move away from maybes and move to definites. Daulton Linton of Hermitage, PA has verballed to the Dukes. He’s a linebacker from Hickory High School and had a very nice senior season, earning all-state honors in class AA. The 5’11″, 205 lb. Linton also had an offer from NEC rival Sacred Heart and interest from conference foes Wagner and Bryant. His NCAA recruiting profile also notes his intelligence in the classroom. Have a look – there’s also a nice highlight video included.
Another definite is Chandler Daniel of Yough, another defender. News of this broke on the 11th of January. Duquesne was Daniel’s only scholarship offer. Daniel is a 6’4″ 260 pound lineman who took his physical training very seriously. He’s also said to be a good student and is active in mentoring and student government.
Jerry Schmitt continues to bring players to Duquesne who aren’t just good on the field, but also good citizens.
The football signing period is right around the corner. We look forward to being able to officially welcome all the new players to the Bluff.
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