One of Georgia's top linebackers has made quite a statement with his choice of schools. That's because he turned down offers to SEC schools, choosing to verbal to the Duke Blue Devils instead.
"I just committed to Duke," said Justin Boyle of Acworth (Ga.) Harrison. "I think I've made the right decision. I just took a visit up there and fell in love with the place.
"Coach Franks is a great guy and is very optimistic. I think they could go to a bowl if things go in their favor this year. Last season they lost five games by a total of 14 points and they return about 20 starters, which is more than just about anyone in the country. They've told me I can play linebacker, which is what I really want to do."
Boyle, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder who should play outside linebacker at Duke, had offers extended to him from Arkansas, Auburn and Navy, and said he was being recruited by every school in the ACC and SEC. However, Duke had too much to offer.
"They're definitely a team on the rise in my opinion. It's like the fourth best school in the nation academically and they graduate more football players than anyone else in the country.
"I think I can come in and make a contribution right away, and they said I can compete for playing time early. They're going to upset some teams this year. I'm just excited to be a Blue Devil."