Georgia Speedster Gets A Duke Offer

The name of the game in the class of 2009 is speed and talent - especially on the offensive side of the ball where offensive guru David Cutcliffe will be looking to turn around a program that is desperate for success. Recently one of the top targets in the state of Georgia for Duke received an offer after meeting the Blue Devil head coach.

"I really enjoyed my visit to Duke and I could see myself there," said Columbus Georgia native Kyle Griswould. "One of the things I found was that their academics are as good as everyone says, but their coaches are a lot more down to earth than I thought they'd be."

Last week the 5-foot-10, 165lbs runningback/receiver prospect made an unofficial visit to Durham to see the campus and to get a look at the Duke program. Admittedly he had some reservations about a program that hasn't had the success of its peers in recent years, but now those fears have been alleviated.

"Now they've got a great coaching staff, and all they need are great players. Coach Cutcliffe's staff seems to all have a lot of experience from the NFL and most of them were with him at Ole Miss. They all know each other and they really seem to care about their players. That kind of environment was impressive to me."

But the resume's and the vision of the player-coach relationship wasn't the only thing that made an impression on Griswould.

"Sometimes coaches will tell you whatever you want to hear to get you to sign. Duke doesn't do that. They tell you how it is and they will only tell you the truth. Sometimes you may not want to hear what they are saying, but it probably need to."

So, what truths did Cutcliffe and his staff relate to the Shaw High standout?

"They told me they really wanted me to come in and be part of their program. Coach told me that I was the kind of player that would be able to come in and make an impact and could help them turn this program around."

We talked about the ability to go in and maybe play as a true freshman - which was really good, and I was kind of amazed because the academic guy told me you can get a degree from Duke in three and a half years if you are on the right program."

After being offered by Duke, Griswould indicates that he'll be taking the attention and the overall recruiting pitch from the Blue Devils into heavy account as he moves towards a decision - whenever that may be.

"Right now I have offers from Duke and Ball State, and I'm hearing regularly from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and a few others. I am going to look at everything as more and more programs talk to me and then I'll make a decision from there on schools and if I am going to graduate early."

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