Future Blue Devils Producing Big Results

While Duke fans eagerly await highlight videos of the Blue Devils' commitments, TDD has compiled a list of early season accomplishments of several of those future stars.

Quarterback Mike Cappetto
The 6-foot-5, 210 pound signal caller from Brother Rice High School in Birmingham (Mich.) has led his team to a 3-0 record on the season. In the season opener against Detroit Denby, Cappetto tossed three touchdowns while completing 65% of his passes for 123 yards as Brother Rice rolled to a 29-14 victory. Subsequent wins over Toledo (OH) Waite (35-10) and Traverse City West (28-0).

Tailback Brian Sumlar
Having only played high school football for two seasons, there is little doubt that the best is yet to come for Orange Park High standout and Duke commit Brian Sumlar. The 5-foot-9, 190 pounder who has bene clocked anywhere between the high 4.3 and low 4.4 range in the forty yard dash is quickly proving that the Blue Devils' eye for talent is as sharp as ever.

Through his first two games of the year, Sumlar's stock has shot up. In the season opener he rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries in leading the Raiders to the victory.

He was even better on the second game night against Forrest High. The Rebel defense, which is led by highly sought linebacker Brandon Hicks, was torched by Sumlar all night long to the tune of 198 yards and three scores (runs of 14, 5, and 68 yards). Before the half it seemed as though the Rebels had figured the Duke bound back out. Not so fast. On the third play he ran off the left tackle and bounced outside before turning on the jets for a 68 yard touchdown run. Sumlar rushed for 103 yards and a pair of scores in the third quarter alone.

Receiver Austin Kelly
Kelly, who projects as a wide receiver for the Blue Devils, is playing quarterback and handling the punting duties for the South Cobb Eagles this season. He has currently helped his team to a 2-0 overall record, including a 14-13 victory over North Cobb High. The season opening victory over Centennial (19-3) saw Kelly toss a 14 yard touchdown score.

Linebacker Adam Banks
Banks has his AC Reynolds team off to another impressive start with a perfect 4-0 record on the season and an average margin of victory of 34.0 points per game. The Rockets opened the season with a 27-0 win over TC Roberson. The future Blue Devil paced the defense with 14 total tackles (seven solo), and two tackles for a loss. The next week (in a 35-7 win over Owen High) Banks tallied nine tackles (four solo), two tackles for loss, and one fumble recovery. Week three's 28-7 victory over Asheville yielded 12 tackles (five solo) and two tackles for loss. Last week's 60-0 blowout win over Enka saw Banks log eight tackles (six solo) including two for a loss in limited action.

Linebacker Damian Thornton
Thornton, a 6-foot-3, 235 pound linebacker from Lenior (N.C.) has been a man among boys through his first four contests, though Hibriten has only gotten off to a 2-2 start in those games. Through four weeks of play, Thornton's tackle total is sitting around the low 80s depending on the scoring. His best game came in week two against Caldwell where Thornton recorded a game best 24 stops.

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