Brian Dohn

Blue Devils Land DT Axel Nyembwe

Duke's future defensive line got a shot in the arm on Tuesday as a long recruited defensive tackle officially committed.

Duke solidified their defensive line recruiting on Tuesday evening with the commitment of Maryland's Axel Nyembwe, a 6-foot-1, 300 pound prospect from Gaithersburg (Md.) Avalon School.

Nyembwe has been an under the radar prospect for most of the summer, though a number of programs had caught on to his ability level as the late summer portion of the recruiting process unfolded.   He had picked up offers from Rutgers, Wake Forest, Toledo, and Kent State prior to choosing Duke.

As for the Blue Devils, Nyembwe earned his offer midway through his appearance at summer camp in Durham.

"When I was at camp, it wasn't even halfway over when the coaches took me aside and offered me," he previously told TDD.  "[Coach Cutcliffe] said I was the best defensive tackle they had seen all summer and they said they really want me very badly. Coach Cutcliffe said in that first conversation with me that they had really fallen in love with me as a player."

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