Bere recaps Duke official visit

After visiting last month unofficially, Ohio linebacker Tinashe Bere joined several future classmates in Durham this weekend for his official visit. On Sunday he spoke with TDD about the trip and his future in Durham.

"It was a great visit for me," said Cincinnati (Ohio) Sycamore linebacker Tinashe Bere. "I had a chance to meet some of the guys, to see the whole campus, and to talk to all the coaches, admissions people, and tutors. I learned a lot."

Bere was hosted by freshman defensive back Bryon Fields, but said he spent a good amount of time with Breon Borders, CJ France, Devon Edwards, and Thomas Sirk while on campus.

"The main thing I noticed about Duke is that all the players, coaches and parents are all very much a family. Everyone is connected and has each others' backs. That's what Coach Cutcliffe talked to all of us about when we met with him. That, and he said we are only going to get better and better."

At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Bere is slotted to play linebacker at Duke. Following the receipt of his national letter of intent, the coaches will provide him with an off-season workout plan as well as a copy of the Duke playbook.

"The main thing they've told me is to just come in lean and ready to work hard, and the players told me the same thing. They talked to me about the differences in the college game and to really make sure I have my technique because size and strength will come with the Duke program. But you have to be sure on your technique."

The players also offered some advice regarding managing the academic load in Durham.

"It's all about time management they said, the resources are there for us, but you have to manage your time wisely."

Bere is rated as a three star prospect and the nation's No. 40 middle linebacker according to

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