Recruit Report: Area stars transfer, join Dukes

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Wayne Capers and Armstead Williams made names for themselves as standout WPIAL football players before heading to Division I colleges out of state a few years ago.

Now Capers and Williams have returned to Western Pennsylvania to finish their college careers.

Capers, a former star at Chartiers Valley High School, and Williams, a Gateway graduate, have both enrolled at Duquesne University and will play for the Dukes in the fall.

Capers played two seasons as a defensive back at the University of Arizona before leaving after this past season. Williams played linebacker at Purdue the past two seasons and had nine tackles in 12 games this past season.

Both Capers and Williams were Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 selections as high school seniors and are nice additions to the Duquesne program.

"They are obviously good players and we're happy to welcome them back to Pittsburgh," said Duquesne coach Jerry Schmitt.

Both players will have two years eligibility left. Schmitt said Capers plans to apply for a medical redshirt for this past season, however, because he played in only three games due to injuries. If he is granted a redshirt, he will have three years of eligibility.

Capers had 12 tackles as a freshman in 2012 and started in the New Mexico Bowl.

"Wayne is a pretty versatile player," Schmitt said. "He played strong safety, but he also has some skills on offense, so we may take a look at him there. I know he played quarterback in high school, but we've already got a pretty good one [Montour graduate Dillon Buechel] at that position."

Williams is the second former Gateway linebacker to transfer to Duquesne in the past few years. Dorian Bell went to Ohio State but transferred to Duquesne, where he played the past two seasons.

"Armstead is a linebacker and that's where we have him slotted," Schmitt said. "We graduated Dorian, so we think Armstead will fit nice into our scheme."

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