Part of a series detailing the merits of the players who signed letters of intent for the Dukes on signing day on February 5th, 2014. We’ll be going in alphabetical order (almost) each day, from Allen to Wittig. Let’s get to know the new class of Dukes!
Next up is yet another All-State honoree from the great state of Pennsylvania – Hickory High School linebacker Daulton Linton. He won’t be alone on the Bluff, as his teammate Matt Voytik will also be joining the Dukes – more on him later in the alphabet. Linton has a reputation as a good student to match his athletic talent, and was the case with many of this class of recruits, was said to have noted Duquesne’s strong academic programs as a major factor in making his final decision.
As we noted in our earlier article covering his verbal commitment, Linton is absolutely an NEC-caliber player. He held offers from defending co-champ Sacred Heart, as well as interest from Wagner and Bryant, both of whom have had recent successes.
While Linton is just 5’10″, he more than makes up for it in speed and agility. Don’t believe me? Have a look at the video. This is a linebacker who you can comfortably send back into coverage and perhaps use effectively in a QB spy role. His agility also enables him to get through the offensive line before the linemen are ready to attempt to engage him. He’ll benefit from a strong front three at Duquesne, but luckily that core has been building up for a few years now.
His speed may enable him to contribute early on as a gunner on the special teams. We’ll look forward to seeing how that develops. For now, we give a hearty welcome to Daulton Linton.