Number five in the truck for Duke

Dequavais Mann

Dequavais Mann (5'9, 184, CB) visited Duke last week and committed on Monday evening.

"I visited the campus this weekend for the Spring game and was offered a scholarship," Rocky Mount (N.C.) Northern Nash standout Dequavais Mann. "Then when I got home I was thinking about it and decided to become a Blue Devil."

Mann, a 5-foot-9, 185 pound athlete, projects as a cornerback and kick returner in Duke's system.

When he arrived at Duke on Saturday he had high interest in the Blue Devil program, but didn't have an offer. That changed a little while before the game kicked off.

"I got a tap on the shoulder from one of the coaches who asked me to go up to Coach Cutcliffe's office. I was a little nervous, but when I got there we sat down and he made the verbal offer. He said they want to bring in impact players and they thought I was that."

"After the game I thought about the offer a lot. It really made Duke that much more attractive, but I was going to keep my options open to see what other opportunities were out there for me. And then the more I thought about it, the more it just seemed like something that was too good to pass up."

So what made Duke so attractive to Mann?

"You never know when a serious injury could end your career, which is why academics are so important in my decision. Duke is one of the best schools out there in my opinion, and they really make it a priority for their players to get an education. Last year their football team had an average GPA over 3.0…at Duke! I know I want to major in physical therapy, and their program is top notch as well."

Mann reports a 3.6 GPA heading into the end of his junior season.

As a junior at Northern Nash he played on both sides of the ball recording 43 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles, 11 pass deflections, and one defensive touchdown. On the offensive side of the ball he was the team's top kick returner and logged over 700 all-purpose yards.

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