Austin Davis Verbals To Duke

Austin Davis (6'4, 295, OL) is the second commit from 2013 to pop today.

Saturday's scrimmage saw Duke earn a pair of verbal commitments from the class of 2013. The first from Quay Chambers. The second for Texas OL prospect Austin Davis.

"I was offered around two to three weeks prior to making my visit," said Davis. "I visited this weekend and absolutely fell in love with the campus and the program. Before I left I told Coach Cutcliffe I wanted to play for him."

Davis visited Durham with his parents beginning on Friday. As soon as he arrived the big Texan was able to take in positional meetings and then was shown around campus by former Blue Devils All-American Vince Oghobaase.

"He really made the visit great. Every time I had a question or concern, Vince was there to answer it and reassure me that everything was a family atmosphere. He took us around to the Chapel, to the student union, and to the medicate facilities. He's from Texas, so I could relate a little bit with him. It was really great and he really made the visit that much better."

Davis measures out at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds with weight room maxes of 315 pounds on the bench press and 460 in the squat. He projects as an interior lineman based on his visit with the coaches.

"They want me to play center, but I'll play wherever the coaches say they need me. I'm looking forward to being in the program and playing for those coaches. They are all great people."

Away from the field Davis is a 4.0 student, ranking in the top five percent of his class at Mansfield High. He's also the junior class president. With that kind of academic profile it's no surprise Duke came calling.

"I want to go pre-med and to end up as an orthopedic surgeon. Obviously Duke's academics and medical program were a big factor for me."

After the meetings, tours, and watching Saturday's scrimmage there was one thing that put the Blue Devils over the top according to Davis: his relationship with Coach Cutcliffe.

"Coach Cutcliffe is just a great coach, and a wonderful man. He's so genuine and his coaching style is just phenomenal. After the scrimmage I was in my final meeting with him and I told him I was excited to be there and I wanted to play for him. He was really excited and got up and gave me and my family hugs."

Davis says his commitment is solid and he's looking forward to the future.

"I don't know if it is a relief that the recruiting process is over, but I'm proud to be a Blue Devil. And I'm ready to prove to everyone from this point that I earned that opportunity."

Davis chose Duke over interest from Texas, SMU, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington.

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