Blue Devils hosting several commits

After being forced to push last weekend's huge recruiting weekend back for the ACC Championship Game, the Duke coaches are welcoming a number of Duke targets to Durham this weekend. Here's a complete run down.

There will be a paid of official visit weekend when the class of 2014 football recruits make their trips to Durham. The first weekend will take place during the weekend of December 14th. Here's who is coming in:

Tinashe Bere: The Cincinnati middle linebacker visited Duke in November when the Blue Devils beat NC State. He'll be back this time for an official visit. Considered a three star middle linebacker by Scout.com, Bere says he and the other commits - many of which are highly ranked - are all glad to see the validity of the pitch they received in the recruiting class.

"Yeah, seeing their improvement and what the team is doing this year makes me that much more sure," said Bere. "I also have fallen in love with the school ever since my first visit. And, now that I've been to my first Duke game, I'm really ready to get there."

Bere finished his saxon with 83 tackles, four sacks, four forced fumbles, and an interception for Sycamore High.

Zavier Carmichael: was the first Duke commitment of the class of 2014 and though he's listed as a linebacker in the prospect database, he will find a different role in Durham.

"Right now I mainly play outside linebacker for my high school team, but I have also spent time at middle linebacker and fullback," said Carmichael. "When I get to Duke, they are looking for me to play the rover position. It's like a safety/linebacker hybrid."

Carmichael currently measures out at six-feet and 210 pounds, and has a personal best 40 time of 4.66. He has a one-rep bench press max of 350 pounds, a squat max of 505 pounds, and a power clean best of 300 pounds.

Since committing to Duke over a year ago, Carmichael has gone through periods where he thought about 'looking around', but those days are long past. He's been firmly committed for a while, and talks to his future coaches quite often.

"I talk with the staff by Twitter or Facebook almost every week. I've talked to Coach Cutcliffe, Coach Collins, and Coach Knowles recently via phone. One of the things Coach Cutcliffe has talked with me about is how he looks to find guys who are leaders on and off the field. He's told me he loves my on field abilities as well. He pointed out my physicality, open-field tackling, and speed."

Johnathan Lloyd: The high major athlete is actually scheduled to enroll in the spring for the spring semester after visiting Duke several times during the season. After his official visit, he'll start moving in and making the transitions.

"It's not tough at all. I have prepared and I feel I am ready to make the transition for this kind of opportunity. I have been preparing for this chance."

Lloyd will start his career under center for the Blue Devils, and says he knows there are a number of challenges awaiting him.

"I don't know exactly what the biggest challenge will be for me, but I have done everything possible to make this transition as smooth as possible. I guess the biggest challenge will be acclimating to the unknown…I mean people have told me how things will be, but I have to see it for myself I think."

Zach Muniz: The St. Louis area DB will also be on campus this weekend. Muniz projects as a cornerback early on.

"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."

Alonzo Saxton: After committing to Duke back in April, the Ohio defensive back earned a big honor by being named to USA Football's Under-19 team. The team consists of 45 players across the country. Saxton will be playing cornerback along with Muniz.

Taariq Shabazz: Three star defensive lineman Taariq Shabazz chose Duke over offers from Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Southern Miss, and Central Florida. Shabazz battled injuries as a senior, but reports himself to be "completely healthy" and "excited" to get to Durham.


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