Deaver, who is the 12th commitment from the class of 2010 chose Duke over offers from Boston College, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, East Caroina, and Marshall. He was also receiving interest from other in-state programs such as North Carolina and NC State.
In the end, however, it was Deaver's admiration and appreciation of Duke's new coaching staff that put the Blue Devils over the top.
"Coach Cutcliffe and his staff are great and they are really doing something special there. Throughout the recruiting process they have been very up front and very forhtcoming about how they see me fitting in. They see me as being able to be a factor in the passing game with their offensive system."
Deaver has started at wide receiver in Providence's spread offense the past two seasons. He caught 46 passes for 746 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.
However, Deaver's future probably is at tight end – more specifically H-back.
"He's got that height – he's right at 6-5 and 215 [pounds] – and runs well," Providence head coach Randy Long said. "He's got the frame to get up to 250-260… He's real rangy [and] catches the ball really well."