Gene Delle Donne Commits to Duke

The Blue Devils are now completely set at the quarterback position in the class of 2005 as Deleware standout signal caller Gene Delle Donne commited to head coach Ted Roof and Duke during this weekend's unofficial visit. The 6-foot-5, 225 pounder joins Charlotte quarterback Joe Cox as quarterbacks to commit to Duke in the last week.

"[The visit] went well," Gene Delle Donne told The Duke Chronicle of his commitment. "The coaches were just fantastic; it was nothing I could've imagined... the facilities were unbelievable, and me and my parents both felt it was the place."

So, after talking things over with his parents, Gene took the plunge and committed to Duke, which means the Blue Devils are now officially out of the quarterback market in the class of 2005 after Cox also pledged this week.

Delle Donne, who is a Hodge Top 150 prospect, also considered Georgia, Boston College, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State. However prior to this weekend the signs were all apparently pointing toward Durham.

"First of all the staff Coach Roof has assembled there is one of the best in the country as far as I am concerned," Gene told TDD before making the trip. "Also he's just a great guy who's been up front and honest with me throughout the entire process. I like the way he's dealt with me and talked with me about how I play the game."

As a junior Gene threw for more than 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns against four interceptions in just nine games as a starter.

Considered to have one of the strongest arms in the class, he's also able to avoid the rush and make opposing defenses miss and is a load to bring down with his big frame.

When asked to describe himself on the field, Delle Donne says he is a "big pro-style quarterback. I'm not the most mobile, but I can make defenders missed if I have to. I'm also a pretty good leader and have good arm strength."

Who does he try to emulate?

"Probably Tom Brady or Payton Manning."

Off the field there are no worries about qualifying as the All-Conference/All-State honoree sports a 3.67 grade point average.

Stay tuned for more on Delle Donne's commitment from TDD


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