Muniz talks senior year; Duke transition

With the majority of the class of 2014 already committed, the Duke coaches are in the process of maintaining the players who have pledged. One of those is St. Louis standout Zach Muniz who spoke with TDD recently to update his season, his recruiting, and more.

When he committed to Duke back on August 9th, Zach Muniz recounted a whirlwind recruitment which spanned no more than a few weeks. Now, a few months later, the 6-foot-0, 175 pound defensive back says he's continuing to learn more and more about his future school as he prepares for an official visit.

"I'm going to be visiting Duke the weekend of December 6th," Muniz told TDD. "My mom and I just finished making the arrangements."

The Blue Devil coaching staff will welcome several recruits that weekend, and the team will likely be in preparation for their second straight bowl game. The success of the 2013 season has been something Muniz admits he'd been excited to follow.

"The win against Virginia Tech was just a great thing. To get a big conference win on the road against a ranked team just shows how much heart and talent this team has. It also shows how much hard work and sweat the coaches and players are putting in to make Duke Football so special."

After years of being excluded from the post season, the coaches have made a number of bold statements to recruits including Muniz. Now, it appears, those predictions are coming true.

"I wouldn't say that this success is a surprise to me at all. They are winning games because the coaches know what they are doing and the players have really bought into the system it seems like. I think there is definitely a sense of legitimacy in the coaches' pitches now because you can see they are achieving what they say they are going to and they are attracting a lot more attention because of it."

For his part, Muniz is working to make sure he's ready for the challenges that'll come next summer when he enrolls. In the meantime he's helping Christian Brothers College High.

"My season has been going really well. We beat the No. 2 team in the state last week which was huge. That plus the Duke win made for a really great weekend of football for me. Individually, I have around four interceptions this year and seven pass breakups."

When he enrolls, Muniz says he'll be slotted with the cornerbacks.

"That's my main position from what they have told me, but they also said that in certain situations and packages I could be playing nickel or safety because of my height and cover skills. Right now I'm just focusing on being ready for that."

Meaning?

"I need to be ready to adjust to the speed and size difference at the college level. I want to be a guy who is coming in and working hard to earn a spot on the field early. Growing up it was a dream of mine to be able to play college football, and now it's coming true. I'm really looking forward to that, and to making the most out of it. I'm also really working hard to make sure I'm ready for the school work at Duke. Making sure my grades are where they should be to get ready."


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