Duke Lands Big Time Fullback

As the old saying goes, "the early bird catches the worm". That certainly applies to the Duke coaching staff, which hauled into one heck of a talented worm on Wednesday as perhaps the best fullback in America turned down offers from some of the top programs in the country and picked the Blue Devils. Soon after calling head coach Ted Roof with the good news, Brandon King spoke with TheDevilsDen.com about his decision.

"As of today I've committed to Duke," said West Central Bucks High standout Brandon King. "I just went down there this week and met with the players and coaches and I knew it was where I wanted to go."

So King, who is considered one of, if not the top fullback in the country by national recruiting analysts, phoned Coach Ted Roof and delivered the good news. For Roof and his staff it was a bit of validation of their recruiting and scouting efforts.

"Duke was on me around six weeks before any other schools even knew about me," said King. "They told me from the start that I could be a big time player and it stuck with me. The fact that they knew about me so early was really impressive. I mean they know their stuff."

Though the Blue Devils were first in line for King, they certainly had to battle some of the nation's elite programs for his commitment.

"I had offers from Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Minnesota, and Vanderbilt. Other schools like Stanford told me that they were going to offer me."

And while other programs will certainly make an effort to go through and offer King late, it won't make a difference.

"I'm solid with Duke. I really like Coach Roof and his staff. He's a player's coach – I loved the way he listens to his players and works to tailor his offense and defense around what each player can do. There's no way I'm opening it back up."

King, who stands 6'2 and tips the scales at 250lbs, runs the forty in 4.6 seconds. In the weight room he squats 575lbs and bench presses 300lbs. At Duke he's likely to compete for early playing time.

"That's what they told me. They want to really bring in blue chip players each year."

According to Scout.com's Miller Safrit, the Blue Devils have certainly accompllished that goal with King.

"He's definitely the best fullback I've seen this year," said Safrit of the future Dukie.

A top candidate to be upgraded to a four star prospect in the future, King says he's ready to continue the effort to build Duke back into an ACC contender.

"Right now all the players they brought in last season, most of whom were highly thought of, are all believing that Duke is going to make some noise and get to the next level. Coach is getting as many good players and good people as he can to believe in him, and what they are going to do at Duke. I think you'll continue to see big name players signing with us."


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