Three-star RB Mataeo Durant commits to Duke

McCormick (S.C.) running back Mataeo Durant committed to Duke moments go and he spoke with Scout about his decision.

Mataeo Durant has committed to Duke.

The McCormick standout is happy with his decision.

"The recruiting process was fun and I'm blessed to have been able to go through it, but I'm excited to be committed to Duke," said the 6-foot, 185-pound Durant.

"What separated Duke was coach (David) Cutcliffe from the beginning and the excitement I felt running through my veins when I first visited campus. Even though it was a tough decision, I feel like Duke is the best place for me.

"Plus, a lot of the commits were already building a relationship with me and it felt like I had already built a brotherhood with them."

Durant hopes to make an early impact.

"I'm think my versatility sets me up to have a chance to play early," Durant said. "I know that I'm going to have to compete for a position, but I'm excited for the challenge."

He has already developed strong relationships with multiple Duke coaches.

"I have great relationships with (running backs) coach Re'quan Boyette and (cornerbacks) coach (Derek) Jones," Durant said. "They both have great energy and are straight shooters. They always tell you the truth. It's also about more than football with them."

Durant is looking forward to playing for Cutcliffe.

"I'm very excited and it's like a dream come true," Durant said. "Just to having this opportunity is great because there aren't many people in my area who get this chance.

"I love his passion for the game. He was sincere and down to earth from the beginning.  He's also always shown great interest in me.

"He's building a great program and the future is bright. With all the talent there and coming in, we have the potential to be one of the top programs in the country."

Durant chose Duke over other finalists Georgia Tech, Virginia TechWake Forest and West Virginia.

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