Even though his senior season didn't exactly turned out how he planned, two-star Rocky Mount (N.C.) Northern Nash defensive back DeQuavais Mann couldn't be more excited about his football future.
Mann, who committed to Duke in April, recently wrapped up his season and is beginning to turn his focus toward the Blue Devils.
"The program is changing and going in the right direction," Mann said. "To be able to come in and hopefully be a part of history is a great feeling."
Mann was last on campus for the Blue Devils historical victory over Duke earlier this month, a win that made the school bowl eligible for the first time for 1994.
"That was a great visit," Mann said. "It was crazy and they told me they haven't had an atmosphere like that in a while."
Mann, who has visited Duke three times this season, said people around the Tar Heel state are starting to take notice of the program.
"When I first committed I got a lot of congrats but I always got the questions about what made me choose Duke," he said. "Now Duke is changing and people are saying I'm entering into their program at the right time. Everyone is noticing the change and it's a great time and the right opportunity for me."
Man was a jack-of-all-trades on the field this season for Northern Nash, lining up at running back, wide receiver and cornerback. He projects to the Blue Devils as a DB, a position he rarely saw the ball come his way this season.
"I was only thrown at a few times this season," Mann said. "It was stressful because I wanted to put up the big numbers and make plays. My defensive coordinator told me it was a good thing because I was taking away half of the field."
Next on Mann's schedule is to plan his official visits, with Duke and maybe Air Force being the only trips he has in mind.
"As of now Duke is the only one I have planned," he said. "But it depends, Air Force is trying to get me out there but I haven't made a final decision yet."