Roanoke (Va.) Hidden Valley safety Jake Kite made his decision yesterday. While on a visit to campus, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder elected to be a Blue Devil.
"I made it yesterday when I went up to the spring game," he said. "I had known before I was going to commit. I went down and talked to Coach Cutcliffe. I told him I wanted to be a Blue Devil and I was really excited about it. It was a cool day."
What was Cutcliffe's reaction?
"He said that he thinks I'm going to be a great fit for what they are looking for in a player off the field as a student and a person. I think it's a great fit as well."
Kite had offers from NC State and Ohio as well, but a few items stood out to him regarding the Blue Devils.
"I know a better fit wasn't going to come along," he said. "It was everything. I love the people, the coaches and the defense they run is perfect for what I play. School wise you can't get better than that, a free education from Duke.
"For the coaches, they're really personal. They know everything about all their players. They genuinely care about all their players and wanted me there. They talk highly of me and thought it was good that I committed."
Specifically regarding Cutcliffe, Kite developed a relationship with him.
"He's definitely something special," he said. "I've never met a guy like him. He's like your favorite uncle. He's a nice guy that is very personable. He calls you by name and there is something about him. He's an awesome guy and has been around, he knows everything about football, everything."
With respect to playing time, that remains to be seen.
"You can't really tell at this point," he said. "I've got to come down to practice, but I think I can make a difference on their team and get on the field pretty early. That was one of the main reasons I decided to go there."
Though he has ties elsewhere specifically Virginia through his father, Kite noted his decision is final.
"The commitment is done for and that is my decision."