Visit reaffirms things for Ajeigbe

Whenever a prospect decides to commit, there's always going to be some lingering doubt. That was certainly the case for California RB Joseph Ajeigbe when he decided to attend a school on the other side of the country. Recently the three star prospect made his official visit to Durham, and spoke with TDD about the visit and his frame of mind.

"I visited last weekend," said Norco (Calif.) standout Joseph Ageigbe. "I came in on Friday and met all of the coaches before spending the weekend with the team. Corbin McCarthy, who was from my high school, was my host, and he showed me around and showed me what life is like at Duke."

The Blue Devil lifestyle on the field was never a concern for Ajeigbe. He committed back on August 16th and has remained firm with his decision despite continued interest from schools such as Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Oregon State, and Northwestern. However, there were some lingering concerns heading into the official visit.

"I definitely had some questions and concerns to think about because I'm going to be on the other side of the country, but Coach Cutcliffe and everyone there really talked about the support system that's in Durham. The guys who aren't local talked with me about it as well. They were telling me how everyone is part of a big, extended family … it's one that will take care of me for sure. They guys were telling me how the local parents on the team will invite them over for meals and events when they can't get home. Everyone on the team is part of the family, and they really welcome you and adopt you when you become part of the program."

Another portion of the visit was focused on what the 5-foot-10, 200 pound Ajeigbe is expected to contribute on the field. It began in the positional meetings and then continued as he took in practice, and then met with the coaching staff.

"In the meetings it was really intense. Coach Roper was running the running back meeting and he would sometimes stop and ask me questions just like if I was already there to make sure I was paying attention and understanding."

"I also had a chance to talk to offensive coordinator Roper and Coach Cutcliffe about what they think I bring to the program. Both of them like what I can do in the blocking game, and they both said that's a big part of getting on the field. They like that I can pick up the defense and block, but I can also catch the ball out of the backfield. In the running game they like that I can be an every down back and the way I run."

After the meetings, Ajeigbe had a chance to watch the Blue Devils take the practice field as they prepare for the Belk Bowl against Cincinnati on December 27th.

"I was impressed with how crisp and detailed the practices are at that level. Everything they do is intense and planned down to the minute. They only practiced for 90 minutes, but it was exact. I realize that when I get to the next level I have to focus on being intense every time I get on the field."

So, after visiting Duke and seeing everything the program has to offer up close, where does the nation's No. 74 RB prospect sit?

"I had never seen the team in person. I had watched them on television, but seeing it in person is a totally different thing. To see how serious they are about everything, it really opens your eyes. Before you kind of had to sell Duke football, but after seeing it in person I understand why everyone is so passionate. Duke is a program on the rise and they are getting after it hard every day. I'm excited to be a part of it."

Ajeigbe notes that he will sign with the Blue Devils on Signing Day during a small ceremony at Norco High School.

During his senior season he ran for 16 touchdowns and more than 1,600 yards.


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