Three Star DE Commits To Duke

The Blue Devils came up short on the field Saturday against the North Carolina Tar Heels, however Duke managed to win a big recruiting battle that same day as one of top 30 defensive ends in the country picked Duke over offers from several high major programs.

Chattanooga (Tenn.) McCallie School defensive end Ayanga Okpokowuruk knew that he wanted to make an impact next season, and the Charlotte (N.C.) native is going closer to home.

"I committed to Duke," says the 6'4, 240 pounder.  "I went on my official visit down there, and they just showed me what they have planned for the future and they are really committed to putting the football program back on the map."

While Duke lost the game to North Carolina, one of the finalists for Okpokowuruk, he says that the loss only strengthened his belief in making a commitment.

"I guess because I talked to a lot of the players and they just told me what the deal was, that they have a great coaching staff.  They have a plan, they just need a few more players that can make an impact.  So after the game, I was like I can see what they were talking about.  Everybody just seemed together, so I wanted to commit."

Okpokowuruk, the number 30 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com, could take another visit, but feels very firm in his commitment to the Blue Devils.

"I might take another one to Stanford, but I'm not sure yet.  That will probably be my last one."

The McCallie school was upset last weekend by Brentwood Academy, and was the reason why Okpokowuruk was able to take the official visit this weekend.

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