Sleeper CB/ATH Commits To Duke

Devon Edwards (5'10, 178, CB) has committed to David Cutcliffe and Duke

2012 Alcovy (GA) High School athlete Devon Edwards' recruitment got off to a relatively slow start due to an injury that cost him his entire junior season.

Following a senior season that saw him register over 1,900 all-purpose yards, 15 touchdowns and two interceptions, Edwards' recruitment began to pick up during his final year of high school football, culminating in his first scholarship offer from Duke a little over a week ago.

It didn't take Edwards long to decide that Durham is where he wants to play his college ball, as he ended the process shortly after receiving his offer from the Blue Devils.

"They came and talked to me last year in the spring and said they wanted to see my senior film because I got hurt my junior year and couldn't play," Edwards said of the Duke coaches. "I went up the day after the Georgia Tech game and met with the coaches and then they offered me when they played UNC. I called back and committed a couple hours later."

Edwards says that there are many things to like about the Duke program, which made it easy for him to make his decision so quickly.

"I knew it was the right place for me after my visit and meeting all of the coaches and seeing how there character was. They actually care about there players. Also, seeing the graduation rate and what I can do with a degree at Duke. It is an up and coming program. We turned around my high school program and I think we can do the same thing at Duke."

Edwards, who is listed at 5-10, 173-pounds, will start his career in Durham as a cornerback and a kick returner, although there is a possibility that he could eventually end up as a slot receiver. He averaged over 41 yards per kick return as a senior at Alcovy.

Regardless of where Edwards ends up at the next level, he believes has the speed and athleticism to be successful at Duke.

"I ran a 4.3 hand-timed forty-yard dash at my high school, but I also ran a 4.4 laser-timed forty at a Nike event when I was a freshman. I was named the offensive player of the year in my region this year, and I am very good in coverage on defense."

A two-sport star in high school, Edwards was actually receiving a good deal of recruiting attention on the basketball court as well. There has been some talk of Edwards playing on the basketball team at Duke, but he says that he is unsure whether or not that will happen.

"Coach (David) Cutcliffe said I probably could play basketball at Duke, but I know it would be hard. He said he would talk to the coaches and if I am doing well in classes then he doesn't have a problem with it. He said we will play it ear. I'm not even sure if that's what I want to do because that is a lot of work in college."

As teams continue to get their hands on Edwards' new senior highlight film, the amount of recruiting attention will likely continue to increase. It does not appear that Edwards is willing to listen to any other teams, however.

"I am firmly committed to Duke."


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