Anthony Nash Commits To Duke

Anthony Nash

There's one less available space in the class of 2012 in Durham after Anthony Nash made a verbal commitment to the Blue Devils on Sunday afternoon.

"I was sitting down today and talking to my mom and coach about college," said West Chester (Pa.) Rustin High standout Anthony Nash. "I was pretty much down to Duke, Purdue, and North Carolina. I had visited UNC last weekend. It went well, but I didn't have the same feeling I had with Duke so that pretty much did it."

Both the Blue Devils and Boilermakers had offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-5, 185 pound Nash and the Tar Heels were apparently going to follow suit.

"They told me they wanted to wait a little bit because they just found out about me. This is actually going to be my second year playing football so teams are just learning about me, but I just had a better feeling when it came to Duke."

So Nash called the Duke coaches and made their collective days.

"First I called Coach Lubick and he was really, really excited. Then I called Coach Cutcliffe and he was the most excited of everyone I talked to today. He said he was going to be bragging on me in his upcoming meetings."

Nash did play football in middle school, but walked away from the game shortly afterwards and didn't think too much more about it until a year ago. Soon after he made the various rounds to the different summer camps and started picking up more and more offers.

"Actually I made a bet with my friend that if I played football he had to play basketball with me. I didn't really take the game too seriously at that point and never thought I'd get a Division I scholarship."

But when your coach starts sending out your tape and schools start calling, it's hard not to become more and more serious. Especially when your education is going to be paid for.

"I need to work on my footwork and learning the game more and more. But my strengths are my size and my speed. I went to Duke's camp and ran a 4.3 forty time. The coaches really liked my game and my potential."

Nash says he'll major in either veterinary sciences or look to go pre-med. Because of that, he's certainly thrilled to become a Blue Devil.

"Not only is it a good situation for me as a player, it is also a great place for academics. It's like an Ivy League school and that's really exciting for me. I'm happy to be locked into Duke. No more visits or recruiting, I'm locked in."

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