Volunteer State TE Gets Blue Devil Offer

Brendan Downs, tight end from Tennessee High School in Bristol, Tenn., has received his first scholarship offer from an ACC program. He took a visit this weekend to meet the coaching staff for the first time. Downs talked about the out-of-state trip.

"I received an offer from Duke last week," said Brendan Downs. "At school my coach showed me a letter they had sent. It was an official offer. I called the coaches that day. I talked to the recruiting coordinator, Zach Roper, and the tight ends coach [Ron Middleton].

"They said they were excited about the offer. They looked forward to meeting me. I was real excited about the offer. It was great to get an offer from them. It's really good getting an offer from a place like Duke."

Downs took an unofficial visit to Durham to learn more about the Blue Devils.

"I went down there on Saturday for a visit," he said. "We went to the basketball game. It was a great trip. I liked it a lot. Everyone was nice. The coaches were great. The game at Cameron was fun."

"We got there around 10:00 a.m. We talked to a lot of coaches and met with coach Cutcliffe. We went and talked to some people in the academic deparment. Then we went and ate. After that we left and came home.

"Coach Cutcliffe is really excited about me. We talked about the future of the program. He was really nice. I like him a lot. It was my first time going there. I really like it there. I like the location, and I like the people. I like the way the football program is run."

The talented prospect has recently sent film to schools like Marshall, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Duke holds the lead for his signature at this point, but the Hokies aren't far behind.

"I would say Duke is my favorite school," he said. "I like Virginia Tech too. I went to a game up there during the season on an unofficial visit. I like the atmosphere, football program and the school itself."

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound recruit recorded nine catches for 220 yards and two touchdowns in 2009.

"I would say my speed and my footwork as far as blocking are my biggest strengths," Downs said. "I would like to improve on what to do after I catch the ball. I would like to gain more yards."

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