Dezmond Johnson Commits To Duke

The Blue Devil recruiting train continues to move along with head coach David Cutcliffe and company landing another defensive lineman on Tuesday afternoon during an in-school visit.

"I committed to Duke this afternoon when the coaches came by my school," said Nashville (Tenn.) Overton Comp High standout DE Dezmond Johnson. "They were pretty happy. They were outlining where everyone was with the process and they told me they didn't' want me to be left out."

Johnson, a 6-5, 220 pound prospect who just competed his second year of organized football, chose Duke over offers from Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Purdue, and Arkansas State. Tuesday's decision was the culmination of a process that began several months ago.

"I started off hearing from a lot of schools. Purdue was first to offer me, but they wanted me to commit really early on. I couldn't do that because I was interested in seeing what else was out there. Soon after I visited Mississippi, Duke and Middle Tennessee State."

"After visiting those schools I narrowed it down to Duke and Middle Tennessee. Then I talked to my parents, my coaches, and my guidance counselor to get their opinions. After listening to each of them it all just came down to Duke."

"I was looking at it from just a football prospective at first, but then as the process went along I started looking at it from all angles. With a place like Duke you know you are getting a great education. When people hear the Duke name they know the person has been to one of the best schools around."

As a junior Johnson recorded 65 tackles and 10 sacks as a defensive end. As a senior he bettered those numbers to 74 tackles, 18 sacks, a pair of blocked punts and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He also spent time at tight end where he hauled in seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. However, at Duke he'll play on the defensive line.

"Coach Hobby, my recruiting coach, said they need to bring in good linemen who can pressure the quarterback. With Duke they are up and coming and I'm really looking forward to it."

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