Davie Happy To Be A Blue Devil

Quenton Davie, one of the region's top athletes, is happy to be committed to Duke. And, despite their best efforts, several coaching staffs' pitches will fall on deaf ears as this recruiting process is sealed for a career in Durham.

Coming off one of the top classes in the program's history, head coach Ted Roof and his staff know the importance of improving on last year's recruiting efforts. Having already hosted several of the top players in the country on various visits, Duke started the class of 2006 off with a bang as one of Missouri's top athletes decided that he already knew that he wanted to be a Blue Devil. "I just committed to Duke this week," said Quenton Davie. "I realized that there wasn't really anywhere that could measure up, so I called Coach Roof and Coach Kelly and did it."

And needless to say the Blue Devils were thrilled with the news as the 6-foot-4, 190 pound Cardinal Ritter College Prep standout is considered among the top players in his region after a junior season in which he played no fewer than six positions. In those six spots he performed equally well, something which earned him a lot of early interest.

As a quarterback he threw for 777 yards, eight touchdowns, and eight interceptions on 38 of 94 passing. He also caught five receptions for 89 yards and rushed for 425 yards on 75 carries totaling seven touchdowns. On defense, he tallied 74 tackles (57 solo), six sacks, and one fumble recovery.

"Quentin is a very tough kid," said coach Michael Baker. "You'd look at his skinny frame, and probably think of a finesse player, but he will knock you out. He has the wingspan of a 6'6 kid, and he really disrupts the flats as it is hard to throw around him. He displays so much versaility having played six different positions for us last fall."

Early on in his recruiting Davie had several high major programs knocking on his door including Kansas State, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Illinois, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt. However the Blue Devils were always among his favorites and his recent trip to Durham sealed the deal.

"The academics at Duke says it all," said Davie. "They have a 100 percent graduation rate and a Duke degree is unmatched in big time college football. On the football side of things they are doing something special with the way they are building, and I want to be a part of that."

Aside from the academic lure of Duke, Davie made it clear that his relationship with the coaching staff was also a big factor in his choice.

"Coach Roof is one of the best coaches I've ever been around. He's down to earth and really cares about his players and program. I also got to know Coach Kelly and he's the reason I committed. He's like a family member already. He was straight up with me from the start when it came to Duke. He told me the good things it could mean and he also told me the negatives. There was no selling, just a guy being honest. I respect that and trust them."

So where will this multi-talented player be linning up at Duke?

"I'm going to play receiver. The coaches want to get taller at that position in this class and I can do that for them. They like the way I catch with my hands, and that I am improving every day."

In the classroom Davie sports a 3.5 grade point average and has already achieved a qualifying score on the ACT.

And while he's continuing to get interest from several other programs, the Duke bound athlete says there's no point in listening any further.

"I'm 100 percent committed to Duke. There isn't anywhere else I'll look at. They were honest with me and totally committed to me. I am the same way with them."

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