Duke Lands Seventh NC Commitment

The theme for the class of 2010 appears to be strike in the Old North State. Over the weekend the Blue Devils once again stayed true to that idea by landing one of the state's top 50 prospects.

"I committed to Duke this weekend," said Charlotte (N.C.) Christian outside linebacker Kelby Brown. "I'm solid with Duke, and am sure it's the place for me. I am projected to play middle linebacker."

Brown becomes the 10th commitment from the class of 2010, and the seventh from the state of North Carolina. And, as with the other commits, he comes to the Blue Devil program over a host of other offers including UCLA, Louisville, Wisconsin, Syracuse, East Carolina, Northwestern, Arkansas, Indiana, and others. In the end, however, Brown decided that his future home was in Durham - playing for Coach Cutcliffe.

"I've got a great relationship with the coaching staff and with Coach Cutcliffe. He's down to earth and he really believes in what they are doing at Duke. He's got great goals for the program and I believe he's going to accomplish them. It's going to be fun to watch."

Measuring out at 6-foot-2 and 210lbs, Brown has yet to be evaluated by Scout.com's experts. However, versatility has been a hallmark of his high school career. Early on he was a safety, but moved into the linebacking rotation out of necessity.

"We put him back there because we needed to have him on the field," said CC head coach Jason Estep. "We had a really good senior class that year that included some linebackers in that class that were really good.

"A lot of times we were able to roll him down for some extra run support. But he was truly out of his position. He wasn't able to get into his comfort zone and play."

Before his junior season, Brown moved to strongside inside linebacker in Christian's 3-4 scheme. He ended the season with CISAA All-Conference honors after totaling 86 tackles, including 11 for a loss and two sacks, four forced fumbles, and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown. Even more significant, Christian won the NCISAA 11-Man State Championship.

"It was a real easy transition, because that's how I think naturally," Brown

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