Blue Devils Land Tyler Petite For Emerging Football Program


Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe walks the sidelines prior to the game against the Texas A&M Aggies in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

After finishing off a 10-4 season in 2013, and a hard-fought loss to Johnny Football and The Texas A&M Aggies in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl , Duke Head Football Coach, David Cutcliffe isn’t resting on his laurels. He has fought hard to land four-star recruit Tyler Petite out of Moraga High School in Northern California, and has done so.

Petite was highly recruited by The USC Trojans, and had even attended USC’s Rising Stars Camp before bolting for the ACC, and landing in Durham for the upcoming football season.

"At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Petite has a big frame with the ability to grow and fill out at the college level. He possess 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash per 247Sports, and should only continue to develop."

The above stats are courtesy of Michael Castillo and his FanSided site, Reign Of Troy!

Duke University has always been an ACC Basketball powerhouse, but 2013 marked the first time in history that the football program finished a season with 10 wins. In fact, 2013 was a banner year that saw a bunch of firsts for the school.

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On October 26th, the Blue Devils picked up their first win over a ranked team since 1994 with a 13-10 win over #14 Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium. It was their first road win over a ranked opponent since 1971.

A November win against in-state rival, North Carolina State saw Duke with its first winning season since 1994 as well. A November 23rd win over Wake Forrest gave the Blue Devils their first nine-win season since 1941 which was the year that Duke hosted the Rose Bowl because of World War II.

The victory also gave Duke the ACC Coastal Divisional Title, an AP 24 ranking and a meeting with Florida State for the ACC Title game. We all know what Florida State did.

Duke fought hard in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, but lost to the Aggies 52-48

With experience at Tennessee and Ole Miss, David Cutcliffe has coached both Payton, and Eli Manning. His knowledge of the offense, and his ability to recruit against the best should bode well for Duke in the 2014 season. I’m looking forward to watching as the season gets underway.

I think they were able to sneak up on a few opponents in 2013, but the word is out, especially after landing a recruit like Tyler Petite for the upcoming season. 2014 will provide a tougher test, but I think the time for Duke Football is here!

Source: Reign of Troy