Jake Kite talks Duke visit

Roanoke (Va.) safety product was on campus this past weekend for UVa game.

He committed a while ago, and since that time Jake Kite has been producing at a high level for Roanoke (Va.) Hidden Valley. This past weekend he took time out of his senior year to visit Durham for Duke's game against Virginia.

"It was really great to see Duke taking care of business against Virginia," said Jake Kite. "To be able to perform like that, and they way they have throughout the season just proves that Duke football is on the rise."

Being on the rise is something that's been a centerpiece as the Blue Devils have continued to recruit over the last few years. Still, change and success take a bit of time and Duke fans and recruits were forced to accept that waiting period. Now, however, Kite and others say the proof is out there and it's reassuring.

"They'd talked about it and now they are showing that it's real. We have a coach and a program heading in the right direction."

After helping his team defeat Blacksburg by a 13-10 margin on Friday via nine tackles and a fumble recovery, Kite and his family headed to Durham early on Saturday to make his visit.

"When we got there the coaches were very focused, but took time to say hello and meet with us, which was great considering it was game day. After the game, I had a chance to meet players and coaches again and everyone was really excited. It was a real celebration all around the program for such a great win."

On the year Hidden Valley sits at 3-3 on the season, and 1-0 in District play. Next week they face Christianburg High. For his part, Kite is averaging 9.8 tackles per game while playing safety.

Kite selected Duke over an offer from NC State, and has since shut down his recruiting. He says his commitment is firm.

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