October 24, 2009

Duke adds another

Things are looking up for the Duke football program. The Blue Devils notched their second consecutive win in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Saturday, downing Maryland 17-13 in Durham. Shortly after that one of the final pieces to the puzzle in this recruiting class made his decision official.

Clerance France, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Columbus (Ga.) Carver, committed to the Blue Devils on Saturday after watching Duke defeat Maryland.

"I committed about an hour ago," France said on Saturday evening. "The coaches were real excited. I went up for the game today and saw Duke beat Maryland. They got a big win in the ACC and that's two in a row. That hasn't happened there in a long time."

While France was excited about the victory, the Blue Devils' performance on Saturday wasn't the only reason he chose Duke.

"I chose Duke because I want to get a good education, I have the chance to play right away and I can play for coaches I like."

While Duke was the only school to offer France, he had been receiving interest from Middle Tennessee and Western Carolina.

France, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, said his relationship with assistant coach Ron Middleton was also a big factor in his decision.

On the year for Carver he has recorded more than 50 tackles, blocked a punt and recovered a fumble. France is also an excellent student in the classroom, where he carries a 3.7 grade point average.

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