Signing Day 2004: Justin Boyle

He was one of the first commitments the Blue Devils were able to secure in the class of 2004, and now this Georgia standout is ready to join the Duke program officially when he signs his national letter of intent on Wednesday.

"I'm excited to finally have this over with," said Justin Boyle on Tuesday night. "It was fun going through the process, but I am glad it's behind me now."

Indeed Boyle has a unique perspective on the recruiting process, since he was recruited to Duke twice thanks to the coaching change. That's just fine with the 6-foot-1, 210 pound running back because it gave him the opportunity to rethink some very important things along the way.

To start with the old coaching regime had Boyle slated to come in as a linebacker, however the new coaching staff had other ideas – ones that Boyle says he's a lot more excited about.

"They want me to come in and play running back, and that's fine with me because that's what I like playing the most. Coach Roof saw my tapes as a runner and decided to reevaluate where I would play."

One thing that can be said of Boyle is that he's already fiercely loyal to his soon to be head coach. After the season Boyle went on record saying that he would no longer consider Duke if Roof was not retained as the head coach. So what made him such an out spoken advocate of Coach Roof?

"He just wants to win, and you can see that with his desire and intensity in everything he does. He's also been able to bring in a good staff. The good players are also starting to come."

That faith in Roof is echoed by Justin's father, Bob who spoke with when the coaching search was going on:

"Justin believes in Coach Roof and so do I," the elder Doyle said. "He knows that the quality of a Duke education is enormous. The combination of academics and athletics is the best. We know that Ted Roof is the best thing for Duke's program."

As a senior Boyle led Kennesaw (GA) High to an 8-2 season while logging over 1,300 yards on the ground. TI's Jamie Newberg describes the future Blue Devil as a "very impressive as a running back. He has very good size and runs with tremendous power. When he gets down hill, Boyle is very difficult to bring down. He is a very good blocker and has good hands as well. In my mind, Boyle is one of the more underrated prospects this season from the Peach State."

Boyle picked Duke over offers from Louisville, Cincinnati, and Marshall along with interest from North Carolina, Arkansas, Auburn, South Carolina

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