Lone Star RB Becomes A Blue Devil

The first thing on the menu for the class of 2008 had to be the running back position for head coach Ted Roof and Duke. On Tuesday night, the Blue Devils addressed that issue in a big way by landing two top notch players - the first being a top Texas target.

"Yes sir, I am committed to Duke," said Austin (Tex.) Anderson High standout Patrick Kurunwune. "I actually committed when I was there, but Coach Roof wanted to make sure I was solid - and I am. I am 100% going to Duke."

Kurunwune, who earned his offer nearly two weeks ago while attending Duke's one day camp, is described as a power back with good speed. That was certainly the case during his junior year for Anderson in which he logged more than 950 yards rushing and 17 scores despite his team going just 2-8 in one of the most competitive regions of state. Heading into his senior year, Kurunwune says he's ready to turn things around.

"We are going to work hard this summer to get ready to surprise a lot of people in the district here. If I can leave a mark by helping our program turn things around before heading to Duke to do the same thing, then that is something special."

Recruited by Scott Brown, Kurunwune was recruited solely as a running back and will likely redshirt before taking the field for Duke in 2009.

"They told me I would have a chance to compete and see the field early on in my career. Duke's offense is going to use the running backs in a lot of different ways, and I wanted to be a part of that."

Kurunwune chose Duke over an offer from New Mexico State and interest from Stanford, Purdue, and others. With his commitment behind him, Patrick does not anticipate any more work in the recruiting side of things.

"I am solid with Duke. They don't want me taking any more visits."

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