Barry Brunetti was wondering when and who would offer him a scholarship first. That question was answered today when Duke sent his high school coach a fax.
"I was walking through school today with (running back) Keith McBride when our coached stopped both of us," Brunetti said. "He pulled us aside and said Duke had offered both of us. Coach (David) Cutcliffe faxed over written offers for both us.
"I didn't think Duke would be the first to offer me. I know they already have a junior quarterback committed to them. But I think it's a great honor and I will make sure to check them out this summer or this fall. I will show them love because them being the first to offer means something to me.
"I really believe that coach Cutcliffe is a great quarterback coach. He coached the Mannings (Peyton and Eli) and look at them."
Brunetti,6-2 and 212 pounds, will be one of the most sought after quarterback prospects from the South. This past season he, lead Memphis (Tenn.) University School, to an unbeaten season and a state championship.
"I also think that West Virginia and Tennessee could be close to offering me. I know the West Virginia coach (Jeff Mullen) is coming by next Thursday. Last night I talked with coach (David) Reaves and coach (Ed) Orgeron at Tennessee. They said Tennessee was going to recruit me real hard."
Brunetti racked up over 1,000 passing yards and 600 rushing yards in leading his team to a perfect 13-0 record. Along the way he accounted for 37 touchdowns, despite only playing three full games because his team was so dominant all season.