Three Star Tackle Commits!

The offensive line has long been identified as an area of need for Duke in the class of 2011. On Tuesday night the Blue Devils took a big step in the right direction with the commitment of Wisconsin's Marcus Aprahamian.

"I just wanted to let you know that I committed to Duke today," said Brookfield (Wisc.) offensive tackle Marcus Aprahamian. "I'm going to be a Blue Devil."

Rated as the nation's No. 77 offensive tackle and a three star prospect, Aprahamian chose Duke over offers from Minnesota, and Indiana. He also had interest from Notre Dame and Vanderbilt.

Duke was considered the leader in this race after a visit to Durham in which he had a chance to sit down with Coach Cutcliffe and his staff.

"It's really a case of the coaches and how they act compared to other coaching staffs. The Duke coaches are just really down to earth. I was on campus from around 11 until 5 and then my mom flew in the next day. The entire time I really felt like they were very high on me as a player and a person."

Off the field Aprahamian fits the model of the student athlete. He's an active member of his student council and participates in various mission trips with his church that have included working in various homeless shelters as well as a trip to New Orleans to help in the reconstruction after the various storms.

When asked for a scouting report, Aprahamian provided the following:

"I feel that I really get off the ball well and I'm determined to finish my blocks and move on to the next one. I also believe I'm a good leader on the field and have a strong work ethic. As far as what I need to work on… as a high school junior, I think everything."

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