So, on Monday night Bruce decided to grant Middleton's wish by offering a verbal commitment over offers from Troy, Air Force, Middle Tennessee State, and UT-Chattanooga. He was also receiving interest from Clemson. The choice of the Blue Devils came down to a best opportunity situation for the Georgia product, and there's going to be more information gathering to come over the next month.
"I haven't visited Duke yet, but I will be on January 15th. Honestly it was just a situation where the education was hard to pass up. And their coaching staff has been great. I am really looking forward to getting there."
As a senior Bruce led his team to a 10-3 record while playing his first full season as a defensive tackle. Previously he had played defensive end, tight end, and a little on the interior of the defensive line. Such experiences, he believes, will prepare him for the next level.
"[The experience of playing different positions] makes me feel like I can go in and play anywhere. At Duke I'm going to be playing D-tackle, and I think I'll bring them some good things. I always give 100 percent effort, and have good technique and can close on the ball. The one thing I need to work on is keeping my pads low."
Bruce, the 17th commitment for the Blue Devils, is rated as the nation's No.98 defensive tackle prospect by Scout.com