Duke Rounds Off 2007 With Kansas Punter

For the last few weeks the Blue Devils had been looking to round out the recruiting class of 2007 with a commitment from a special teams player. Before the recruiting weekend concluded on Sunday, head coach Ted Roof had gotten his wish.

"I was hoping Duke was going to offer me this weekend, but I wasn't sure it was going to happen," said Overland Park (Ks.) St. Thomas Aquinas punter Nick Maggio. "Coach Roof and I had a meeting early in my visit and he told me they really wanted me, but they were going to have to be picky on the last scholarship."

That left the 6-foot-4, 185 pound Kansas prospect hopeful, but still without the offer he wanted. Until Sunday night, during the middle of the Duke-Boston College game at Cameron that is.

"I got a message from Coach saying he wanted to talk to me right away. I got in touch with him and he offered me a scholarship. He said he had gone back and watched my film and decided that I was the player they really needed. As soon as he finished talking, I committed."

As a senior at STA Maggio put up impressive seasonal averages with his strong right leg, booming the ball more than 40 yards per kick while also converting several field goals from beyond the 50 yard mark.

"One thing they really liked about me as a prospect was my leg strength, but also my accuracy as both a kicker and a punter. I'm looking forward to getting to school this summer and helping the program find success."

Maggio picked Duke over offers from Northern Colorado and Youngstown State.

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