Commit Profile: Davis Koppenhaver

As the class of 2014 signs their national letters of intent, we run down each signee's recruiting process and look back at what it took for the Blue Devils to earn his commitment. Next up is California tight end Davis Koppenhaver.

Name: Davis Koppenhaver

School: William S. Hart HS (Newhall, CA)

Ht/Wt/40: 6-foot-5 / 210lbs / 4.9

Projected Position: Tight End

Recruiting Recap: After indicating that he was needed to visit Duke to see the game day atmosphere, three star tight end prospect Davis Koppenhaver made things official on September 14th.

Koppenhaver selected the Blue Devils over offers from Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, UNLV, Iowa State, Colgate, and Yale.

"For starters, academics have always been one of my main priorities, and I also really liked the coaches when I met them in July. It was just the right place for me."

"On Saturday after Coach Cutcliffe spoke with all the recruits in a group setting, he came right over to me and asked me to come to a one on one meeting. He said he understood I wanted to see the game and the atmosphere before making my decision. Then, after the game, I met with him against and told him I wanted to accept Duke's offer. Both he and Coach Roper were really excited to have me join the Duke Family."

Quotable: "I want to improve on my blocking and my running after the catch ability. I feel like my route running and hands are the best part of my game. My route running allows me to separate from defenders faster, which will help at the next level. At Hart I've learned so much in the passing game and I feel like I am ahead of other players in my routes and knowledge of the game thanks to the coaching I've received."

"They see me as a mix between a slot receiver and a tight end in their system. They have told me they want me to get up to around 235 or 240 pounds, but they also want me to add the weight in a way that I stay fast."

Self Evaluation: "I want to improve on my blocking and my running after the catch ability. I feel like my route running and hands are the best part of my game. My route running allows me to separate from defenders faster, which will help at the next level. At Hart I've learned so much in the passing game and I feel like I am ahead of other players in my routes and knowledge of the game thanks to the coaching I've received."

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Expert Evaluation: Although he will need to add weight, Koppenhaver is expected to immediately factor into the passing game after his redshirt season. Blessed with good hands and considered a solid route runner, the 6-foot-5 Californian makes himself a terrific target within 10-12 yards of the line of scrimmage and in the red zone.

Projected 2014 Season Status: As he noted in his last interview with TDD, Koppenhaver will spend the 2014 season working to improve his strength while adding weight to his frame. After a year in the weight room, Koppenhaver will factor in as a pass catching TE.


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