FB Forecast: DT Brandon Boyce

Our player by player preview continues with this highly productive and undersized D-lineman from Florida. Though he is likely to redshirt, his quickness and motor will likely be the keys for him in overcoming his lack of high major size in the trenches.

Brandon Boyce

Position:
DT

Height/Weight:
6-foot-0 / 255 pounds

High School:
Fort Lauderdale (FL) / St. Thomas Aquinas School

Year:
Freshman

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2014 Review
High School senior at St. Thomas Aquinas School. Rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com and the fourth best defensive tackle in the state of Florida..

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  2015 Preview
Boyce will likely redshirt as Duke rotates in the defensive line prospects from the class of 2014 including Cerenord and Shabazz. However, the plan would be for Boyce to provide a big change of pace for the Blue Devil pass rush early on in his career. Him appearing on the two-deep as a redshirt freshman is a potentially reachable goal.

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TDD Projection
He’s a small defensive tackle who will provide a change of pace as the Blue Devils continue to search for a sustainable and consistent pass rush on a year to year basis. With a strong motor and a unique approach to the game, Boyce could even move around the defensive line depending on the situation as he told us on signing day. .

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  How he ended up in Durham
  The three star prospect chose the Blue Devils over offers from Nebraska, Central Florida, Illinois, Louisville, and North Carolina State. Following his commitment Boyce was heavily pursued as his senior season progressed by schools such as Syracuse, Arkansas, Cincinnati and Rutgers.

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High School Highlights
Played for head coach Rocco Casullo during senior year at St. Thomas Aquinas … played for head coach Roger Harriott for three years at University School …a second team 3A all-state selection as a sophomore … during final campaign, helped St. Thomas Aquinas to a Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 7A state championship with a 31-0 victory against Osceola … tallied nine tackles, including 4.5 for a loss, and a fumble recovery in the title tilt … squad finished the year with a 14-1 overall record [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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