Devils Land Sunshine Standout

So far in the class of 2008 the Blue Devils have been successful in both Georgia and Florida. On Wednesday evening, however, the Sunshine state's crop got a whole lot better.

"I committed to Duke on Wednesday," said Miami Gulliver Prep standout Donvan Varner. "After reviewing all my other offers, I felt it was the best place for me and I'm excited."

Citing his relationship with assistant coach Scottie Montgomery as a key factor in his decision, the 5'9, 165 pound three star cornerback becomes the ninth commitment in the rising senior class.

"When I camped up there I really got a chance to get to know the coaching staff and the players. All of them were very genuine and made me feel extremely comfortable with Duke. In the end, that was what made the difference."

Currently evaluated as a cornerback, Varner worked out with both the defensive backs and receivers while in attendance at the second session of the summer camp. When he arrives on campus next summer, it'll likely be starting out on the offensive side of things.

"Right now they like me as a slot receiver, but they've also mentioned playing other positions. I just want to go in and play early on in my career and help them get things turned around."

The future Blue Devil is highly thought of by recruiting analysts in Florida as well. Those experts describe him as:

A very explosive with a great first step. He seems slippery with the ball and can often escape trouble and make a play. Varner shows excellent hands and concentration. He has good speed and even better quickness, vision and intincts. Defensively he covers a lot of ground and shows good instincts. Varner supports the run well and is not afraid to get phyical. In coverage he covers a ton of ground and plays the ball well in the air.

The Duke commit did a little bit of everything as a junior playing running back, wide recevier and defensive back. He rushed for over 600 yards and had 650 receiving yards on only 15 receptions. Varner accounted for 11 touchdowns. Defensively he has intercepted 10 passes over the last two seasons, 76 tackles and has 15 pass break ups. Last season Varner returned two interceptions for scores.


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