Blue Devils Land Florida D-lineman

A real position need in the class of 2015 for Duke is the defensive line. On Friday night the Blue Devils added another early and impressive piece with the commitment of Florida prospect Brandon Boyce.

"I committed today by talking to Coach Jones and Coach McGrath," said Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School standout Brandon Boyce. "Both coaches said they were really excited to have me on board and I'm excited too."

Boyce, who claimed offers from Nebraska, Central Florida, Illinois, Louisville, and North Carolina State, said he was enjoying the recruiting process, but the relationship with the Duke program was too much to overcome.

"I would say I'm really solid to Duke. The coaching staff has been there for me since day one of the recruiting process. They got past the issue of my size and realized that it's not all about being the prototypical size, and the amount of heart and work ethic of a player can be just as important as his love of the game."

Boyce currently measures out at 6-foot-0 and 250 pounds and says he knows he'll have to add strength and weight, but he'll also have to study and perfect technique as well.

"I think one of the biggest adjustments I'll have to make is staying low and being aware of my pad level. I do think I am very quick off the ball, and I'm strong as an ox as well. I also think I have really active and good hands."

Good enough for the Blue Devils to work hard on Boyce for more than half a year - at least ever since the coaches went to Florida to check out 2014 commit Chris Taylor, who has also helped his future team with adding talent on the defensive line.

"My relationship with Chris is amazing…he's like my brother. He takes me home from practice and school all the time. We are just really close."

As Taylor previously told TDD, a number of Florida recruits are taking notice of the Duke program after largely considering the Blue Devils an afterthought for many years. Boyce agrees with his older teammate that things are changing in Florida.

"Everyone has been sleeping on Duke for a while, but this year Duke really showed what the future holds for those of us who are there. With Duke winning out and then competing against Florida State in the ACC Championship Game really shows a lot and I think a lot of guys here in Florida are taking notice."

And while the wins and accolades are impressive, Boyce says the trump card is the chance to play for Coach Cutcliffe.

"To me he was just a great coach and a lot like Coach Harriot, my high school coach. He's just a guy who can come into your life and change it completely. I have the utmost respect for him."

Boyce adds that he will be transferring from University School to St. Thomas Acquinas for his senior season after his high school coach has moved on to Florida Atlantic.

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