Blue Devils Earn In-State Verbal

After dipping into Texas for one running back commitment, the Blue Devils doubled up on Tuesday evening with a verbal from in-state prospect Jay Hollingsworth.

"I talked to Coach Montgomery yesterday around dinner and told him I wanted to commit to Duke," said Jay Hollingsworth. "He was thrilled with my decision and told me how excited the whole program was over it."

Hollingsworth, who camped with Duke earlier this month, chose the Blue Devils over offers from Virginia, East Carolina, Air Force, and others.

The Cavaliers and Blue Devils were long considered the favorites for the 5'10, 185lbs RB/DB, as both offered the right components - albeit in different areas.

"With both places you've got great academics and the competition of the ACC," Hollingsworth told TDD after camping in Durham. "Virginia has an advantage with their quality of play on the field, but at Duke I can go in and make a big impact on the field early and help them get to that kind of level."

In the end, however, the opportunity to step on the field early was too much to pass up.

"They have a lot of upperclassman running backs getting ready to graduate, and the position will be wide open. Throughout the process the coaches have told me that I can come in and make a difference early. I've gotten to really trust them and I believe that's what I'll be able to do."

Of course there's also an opportunity for Hollingsworth to earn his way onto the field at the cornerback position, though he admits he'd prefer to run the ball.

"That would be my first choice, but I'll do whatever the coaches ask me. I just want to play and make a difference."

Last year at Lee County High School in Sanford, N.C. he had 126 carries for 1,048 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense. Defensively he recorded 73 total tackles, including 50 solo, picked off three passes and forced a fumble.

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