"I had a chance to attend the Carolina game on Saturday," said Jake Kite of his weekend visit to Durham. "It was great to see the game, and I got a chance to meet a few of the other commits. Also, they had a lot of recruits there too."
Kite, who committed to Duke back in March, said he's excited to see the program reaching the goals that were mentioned throughout his recruitment. In short, the Blue Devils going to a bowl game serves as an affirmation that things are, indeed, headed in the right direction in Durham.
"I think they game and the big win got the everyone - players, recruits, and commits - very excited about what Duke Football is becoming. This game was more than just becoming bowl eligible in my opinion. The atmosphere was was great, and the stadium was packed with tons of energy. It was just great."
"Aside from the atmosphere and energy, I think it's a huge step for Duke to become bowl eligible. I think everyone is excited for the coaches and players."
Soon Kite will be included in that group, but until then he's happy being a Duke fan from afar. And, on Saturday night, he and a few thousand of his closest friends certainly enjoyed the results.
"I'm proud to say I was among the people who stormed the field after the game. The place just erupted, and there was so much positive energy around that I just couldn't help myself."
Kite is considered a three star prospect by Scout.com. He chose Duke over offers from North Carolina State and Ohilo.