Blue Devils grab Georgia OT

Sometimes the recruiting process throws a curveball. That was certainly the case of the newest Duke commitment who visited Durham on a last second whim. Shortly after arriving on campus, three star offensive lineman Christian Harris had not only been offered, but had committed.

"I was actually on the way up to visit NC State, and the Duke coaches caught word of it and asked us to come visit," said Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill High lineman Christian Harris. "We figured that couldn't hurt, and we made a stop over to see them."

Harris actually ended up having a chance to sit down with offensive line coach John Latina and head coach David Cutlciffe after registering for camp. After participating in the workouts, Harris had a chance to speak with them both on a one on one basis. That's when things started to happen.

"Coach Latina was telling me how much he liked me, and we talked about Duke and how I was working. He said he wanted to offer me, and then we talked to Coach Cutcliffe about it as well. After we talked with everyone for around 40 minutes, they stepped out and my dad and I talked it over. We figured that Duke was the best place for me, and so I committed."

If the commitment caught fans off guard, it's understandable. After all, Harris had no offer from the Blue Devils just 12 hours ago.

"It was kind of out of left field for me as well," he said. "But when it all happened, and I had a chance to get a Duke education while playing high level football, I was sure this was the place for me."

Harris, who is considered the nation's No. 48 offensive tackle, and a three star prospect, says he's finished with the recruiting process, and won't be taking more visits.

"I'm just speechless at the way this all happened, but I'm estatic to be going to Duke. I'm done with it all."

Harris chose Duke over offers from NC State, North Carolina, Mississippi State, and Kentucky.

Harris reports himself as 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds. He is projected to play tackle at the next level.

"I play left tackle for my high school team, and that's what Duke has recruited me for."

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