Koppenhaver ready to sign with Duke

Davis Koppenhaver

After taking his official visit to Duke, California TE commit Davis Koppenhaver says he's ready to enroll and continue building the Blue Devil program…

Upon returning home from his official visit, three star tight end prospect Davis Koppenhaver says the weekend only heightened his excitement over National Signing Day.

"I got there on Friday, the night of the team banquet," said Koppenhaver. "After it was over we went out with our hosts - mine was Max McCaffrey. Then, on Saturday, we met did our academic tours followed by the weight room and then the medical staff. Saturday afternoon we went to the basketball game, and then went over and watched a lot of film with Coach Roper. Once we finished with film, we did the jersey and equipment presentation, and then it was over to Coach Cutcliffe's house for dinner."

Certainly it was a weekend full of information and presentations, but the highlight according to Koppenhaver and several other commits was the banquet celebrating Duke's historic 2013 season.

"It wonderful to see that and to hear the coaches and players talking not only about what they accomplished in 2013, but also what we were going to do in 2014. Really, it's about taking the 2013 season and moving to the next level in 2014 and beyond."

When he arrives at Duke in the summer, Koppenhaver projects as a big part of the passing game. That was outlined in the film session with Coach Roper.

"They see me as a mix between a slot receiver and a tight end in their system. They have told me they want me to get up to around 235 or 240 pounds, but they also want me to add the weight in a way that I stay fast."

"In the film session, Coach Roper went over the different things they have planned for me, and the kinds of things they want me to do on the field. From the alignments to the routes, to the blocking…honestly the language was a little foreign to me, but the concepts were very familiar."

Currently Koppenhaver measures out at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds with a 4.8 personal best in the forty yard dash. As a means of learning the language of Duke Football, the coaches have promised literature after Koppenhaver signs his letter next week.

"Coach Roper and Coach Montgomery talked about that, and they will be sending me a workout book and video program, along with gradual pieces of the playbook after I sign."

With a learning curve and a deep rotation ahead of him, the topic of redshirting or playing as a true freshman didn't come up during the visit, but Koppenhaver knows there will be an adjustment to the college game - one he is preparing for.

"On the field I think the biggest adjustment will be the change in speed. Windows are going to be a lot smaller and guys are going to be able to close you down so much faster than in high school. Off the field, it'll be an adjustment in that I'll be on my own for the first time. It's exciting, but also scary at the same time."

Following his return home from the visit, Koppenhaver says he had a chance to reflect on the recruiting process and the pitch Duke made. Moreover, he had a chance to reflect on how the pitch rang true.

"Coaches can promise you the world in recruiting, but unless the team gets it done on the field, what does it really mean? Coach Cutcliffe constantly told me that things were turning around, and 2013 proves that he was right."

Koppenhaver is rated as the nation's No. 67 tight end prospect according to Scout.com.

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