Abbreviated official goes well for Mann

While several of his future teammates spent the full two days in Durham, Duke commit Quay Mann left town on Saturday morning to head to the Shrine Bowl practice. On Sunday night he spoke to TDD about his trip and this coming week in Spartanburg.

"I am actually here at the Shrine Bowl right now," said Rocky Mount (N.C.) Northern Nash standout Dequavais Mann. "It's a real honor to be here because I'm the first person from my school to ever be named to the game."

So what is the future Blue Devil looking forward to this week while at the Shrine Bowl?

"Honestly, it's a chance for me to go in and test myself against the top players around. When you come to the game and you see all these guys who are prototypical sized receivers and linemen, you know the competition is about to be legit."

"I'm hoping I can use the pointers I got to earn a starting spot this week. I feel like the level of competition here will be a good experience for me heading into the Spring at Duke."

Both Mann and his future roommate, Evrett Edwards, will be enrolling next month in Durham, and each player is expecting to play a big role early on in their career.

"Both of us have talked with the coaches and they've said the cornerback position is wide open next year with the depth chart. We know that there's a lot of work ahead of us, but we are going to go in and work very to compete and do what we can to help the program."

Each player had a chance to go over the details this weekend - at least before Mann left for Spartanburg.

"I was hosted by Anthony Young-Wiseman, and got there on Friday. I stayed at the Washington-Duke Inn and had a chance to meet with my coaches and the staff. I really didn't have a lot of questions, and the trip was just a chance to see the program before moving in next month."

Still, the message from the coaches and current players was received loud and clear…

"The coaches have said for a while that things were going to turn around at Duke, and I think everyone saw that it happened this year. Now we all need to continue to work hard and grind so that we can take the next step next year, and really build off this season's success."

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