Future Signal Caller Enjoys His Official

Sometimes an official visit can be nothing more than a nice trip that has all the expenses paid. For some prospects, however, it's a chance to get an inside scoop on what the next four or five years will be like. For future Blue Devil quarterback Mike Cappetto it was more of the latter.

"I took my official visit to Duke this past weekend and it was really awesome," said quarterback Mike Cappetto. "I had visited for their camp before, but didn't really know a lot of their players and coaches as well as I'd have liked, but after this weekend I feel like part of the family."

Cappetto, who earned a scholarship offer and subsequently committed to Duke in the early summer after impressing offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien at the Duke one day event, has been a three year starter at Brother Rice High in Birmingham, Michigan. In those three seasons the 6'5 signal caller led his team to 33 victories in 37 games and a state championship as a junior.

Duke played the entire 2006 season with a freshman quarterback lining up under center, and while the ideal track would be for Cappetto to redshirt, there is a chance he may be called upon to follow in the footsteps of Thaddeus Lewis.

"Coach Roof, Coach O'Brien, and I talked about my role in the program starting out. They talked about how they need to keep bringing in good players that want to compete for the everything, and that was a big reason they decided to offer me. I am hoping to go in and work as hard as I can to do the most to help the program."

"When I met with Coach O'Brien for my positional meeting, he started teaching me the offense as if I was already in school. He was the one who thought I should be offered originally, and I think we'll be a great team for the next four years."

After arriving on Friday, Cappetto met up with his host, freshman tight end William Ball. Almost as soon as he was settled, the future Blue Devil began hitting the current with a number of questions about the operation of the program on a day to day basis.

"William was really helpful in that. I asked him about the coaches, about school, about a lot of things. I really liked that he was honest about it all. He basically told me how things have been since he got here, and he didn't hold anything back. Other than that he just gave me some advice on getting myself ready to come to Duke."

Cappetto measures out at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds. He has been clocked running a 4.7 in the forty yard dash. Currently he is rated as a two start prospect and the nation's No. 84 quarterback.


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