"I had a couple offers from different schools," Jamison Crowder said. "It was pretty tough, but Duke showed me the most love. They wanted me to do what I had to do to become prepared to come to Duke.
"They really stayed on me. They came here, and talked to me every week. Some other schools I didn't hear from as much, but Duke told me what they wanted me to do. I really like how they push."
Last weekend's official visit wasn't the first trip Crowder had made to Blue Devil territory.
"I've made a few trips," he asid. "I went to a couple of football games, and had a visit over the summer. This time was different.
"They took me around campus, showed me the athletic facilities, and some academic buildings, and we went to a basketball game. Later we went to the coach's house and a banquet, so the weekend was pretty strung out.
"We also went out to eat with the players and got to know some of them; everybody got a feel for each other."
Crowder continued about Coach Cutcliffe and the direction he's given him.
"Coach Cutcliffe talks to me all the time, and has always given me good advice," he explained. "He wants me to keep going hard, and told me not to let up in the classroom or whatever sport I'm participating in. I've been going hard the whole time, and don't want to slack off."
The athlete's "speed and ability" is what he projects as his greatest contribution to the Blue Devils.
As for his commitment?
"It's very solid right now," he stated. "I plan on signing."