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Beilinson decides to stay close to home

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Over the weekend, tight end Daniel Beilinson out of Cary (N.C.) Panther Creek made his selection. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder decided to stay close to home, right down the road.
"I committed to Duke on Saturday afternoon," he said. "I talked to Coach Cutcliffe and Coach Middleton. They seemed really excited and they were telling me they were looking forward to working with me, it's the same with me."
Beilinson broke down how the decision came about.
"It really kind of came to me, it was a gut feeling I guess you could say," he said. "I thought about it for most of Friday and just decided it was the right fit for me.
"I really feel and see a lot of potential in them in the future. They had a good recruiting class this year and I see what they are doing over there. They are ready to do big things. They are also a great education, you can't go wrong."
Academics as Beilinson noted were a big factor in his selection for the Blue Devils.
"It was a real big part," he said. "I was thinking about studying engineering and they are one of the top engineering schools, that's always a factor."
Finally, the coaching staff was critical too.
"Oh yeah, absolutely, they are all great guys and I got to know them all pretty well," he said. "I haven't seen anything bad about them, they are kind of a family environment."
Beilinson plans to enroll on time next summer in order to work his way into the lineup.
"They haven't really talked about playing time, but I probably assume I'll get redshirted and then we'll see where I go from there.
"I'm just really excited to join Duke. I'm looking forward to working with them."
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