Egboh Solid With Duke

Before he took his official visit to Duke, Patrick Egboh was not expecting his recruiting process was close to an end. However, after a weekend in Durham meeting the players and coaches, the big time Texas prospect committed to head coach Ted Roof and the Blue Devils. TDD spoke with the newest commit on Sunday night.

"I didn't think I was going to commit," said Patrick Egboh. "But I just felt really comfortable with the coaches, players, and program, and I knew I was where I wanted to be."

So the 6-foot-5, 230 pound defensive lineman committed to the Blue Devils before leaving Durham. It's a decision that Egboh says is rock solid and unchanging no matter what happens going forward.

"Everyone was very excited about it [committing]. I am excited about it. It's a great choice for me and I know that Duke will give me so much in life. I'm going to work hard to give as much as I receive."

Hosted by redshirt freshman Ayanga Okpokowuruk, Egboh says he had a chance to tour the campus, meet the coaches, and just get a general feeling of what it's like to be a football player at what he calls "the new Duke."

"I had a chance to tour the entire campus. The chapel is amazing. The place is very beautiful as a whole. I was really impressed with the Yoh Center as well. It's the best facility I've seen. You can tell Duke has made a big effort towards building a winning football program, and I'm thrilled to be part of it."

One of the biggest factors in his decision was the drive of head coach Ted Roof, and his staff.

"I had a chance to go to his house and he made time to really sit down and talk with me about everything. The players love him because he's so honest with them. He told me that I had to come in and work hard, but he sees great things for me in the next four or five years. He says I'm a perfect addition to the program."

While Patrick says he needs to add weight and will consider red shirting next season to do just that, one thing he's already doing is jumping in as an unofficial recruiting coordinator.

"I've already begun to talk to guys who Duke is recruiting. A lot of people really don't know how good the football program is going to be here. Everyone knows you can get a world class education here, but soon you can also play at a very high level."


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