Meet The New Devils 2016 - TE Mark Birmingham

Get to know the newest Blue Devils as we go player-by-player in the recruiting class of 2016 with analysis, projections, videos, and more.

Recruiting Recap: Birmingham was one of the earliest commitments of the class and, following the commitment of Scott Bracey to begin the class, Birmingham was the decision that seemed to solidify Duke’s momentum at the beginning of the process.

The four star, top 10 overall tight end, picked Duke over East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin among others. The most active programs in his recruitment at the end were Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Florida State.

Prior to his decision, Birmingham made a visit to Notre Dame.

Projected Position: Tight End

2016 Projection: Were it not for the enrollment of former four star prospect and Tennessee commit Daniel Helm a year ago, there would be a really good chance that Birmingham could challenge to play as a true freshman. But, with Helm ready to play in 2016, there’s a change that Duke could elect to keep Birmingham on the shelf this coming season. That being said, he’s a four star and top 10 player at his position and is one of the 200 best players in the class overall according to That kind of talent has had a habit of finding early playing time under Cutcliffe. At this point, we’d lean toward Birmingham playing.

Quotable: ”I just feel comfortable there,” Birmingham said. “I have a lot of faith in coach (David) Cutcliffe and (tight ends) coach (Zac) Roper and what they have done there and I can’t wait to be a part of it. ”Seeing the way the other coaches interact with the players and each other – they’re all so close. You can really tell they have something special going on there.”

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