A Bigger Commit For Duke

Friday was a big day for Duke as two players cast their lot with the Blue Devils. The first was Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook High linebacker Zeek Bigger who chose Duke over several offers.

"I called the coaches last weekend and spoke to Coach Luke and then I got to speak with Coach Cutcliffe," said Zeek Bigger. "They were all excited and I'm firmly committed. I had been high on Duke for a while, and in the end I knew that's where I wanted to go."

Bigger chose Duke over offers from East Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Arkansas. He was also receiving regular interest from North Carolina and NC State.

With the news of Duke's switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, the need for linebackers will be paramount, which signals a chance to play early. At 6-foot-2, and 205 pounds, Bigger says he's looking forward to getting on the field and competing.

"They coaches told me they needed linebackers because of the change, so there's a chance I can get there and compete early to play."

Bigger began his high school career at Forestview High, but moved into the Ashbrook district prior to his junior season. The move allowed him to play for a program that is well known for delivering Division I talent. Soon after he received several offers.

"Playing here has really gotten me a lot of exposure. There is a tradition of producing strong defensive players here."

As a junior Bigger kept that tradition alive. He ended the 2010 season with 101 tackles (54 solo), five sacks, and an interception.

"He's long and lanky and he runs well," Ashbrook head football coach Mike Briggs told Scouts Don Callahan previously. "He brought a lot of athleticism and hard work to our defense. And his leadership is a tremendous asset to us."

And now, he'll be a tremendous asset for Duke.

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