Blue Devils Offer Top South RB Target

When you're in the middle of a massive rebuilding effort, it never hurts to extend a huge recruiting net and hope to reel in a big fish. That's just what the Blue Devils are hoping to do by offering one of the country's top running back prospects.

Since Ted Roof took over the Duke program the Georgia recruiting grounds have been extremely fertile for the Blue Devils on the recruiting trail. In the class of 2008, the coaching staff is hoping to spring a huge upset by landing Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge standout tailback Brandon Davis.

"Duke offered me a scholarship, a week or so ago," says Davis. "They had wanted to do some research and see my highlight films, but as soon as they watched it they said they were sold and immediately offered me."

Last season as a junior Davis rushed for 1,355 yards and 10 scores in helping his team to a state championship, while running for another 1000 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore. That level of production in such a talent rich state has a number of programs other than Duke also hot on his trail.

"Right now I have offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Duke, and Vanderbilt. Schools like Florida, Ohio State, Boston College, North Carolina and Wake Forest are all recruiting me hard. I have been to Junior Days at Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and I am going to Junior Days at Auburn, Clemson, LSU, and Ohio State."

So what will the 5-foot-9, 195 pound running back value the most as he looks towards his collegiate destination?

"I want to go somewhere that really values me and is committed to me. I am also looking for a place that I can be successful. Academics play a big part of it too. Ultimately I'm going to sit down with my family and make a decision based on all of those things."

Whenever you hear academics mentioned, Duke usually shoots up on the radar. But it's the on the field struggles that have hurt the Blue Devils with other big time prospects in recent years. Is that the case with Davis?

"I know they are struggling a bit right now, but they are also really young. A lot of those young guys had to play early and that kind of experience will pay off soon - I think Duke is certainly up and coming - every team needs that extra something to get over the hurdles. I think I could make a big impact up there."

When asked for a description of his overall game, Davis analyzes himself as "A speedy running back that punishes defenders. I have good vision and balance and I can be an explosive player. I am just an instinctual back that hits the hole hard."

Davis carries a 3.4 GPA and will take both the SAT and ACT this spring.

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