Despite earning their first bowl invitation since 1994, the Blue Devils finished at or near the bottom of the ACC in nearly every major defensive statistic in 2012. With several key playmakers from an explosive offense expected to return next season, the Blue Devils are in need of a few more high impact defensive players if they hope to take the next step forward and begin competing for ACC Championships. Coach Cutcliffe and his staff have already secured 15 verbal commitments in the class of 2013 and are looking to fill their remaining scholarships with an elite defender or two.
At the top of their list is 6’1″ 235 pound LB Dominic Zanca-McDonald from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida. The elite prospect committed to Tennessee back in April, before a disappointing season in Knoxville resulted in a coaching change. Now, the hard-hitting linebacker is left in a difficult position, with less than a month before he plans to enroll in college. With scholarship offers from Tennessee, Duke, and Purdue, along with interest from several other ACC and SEC programs, the top senior still has a number of good options. The Blue Devils hosted Dominic and his father on an official visit in Durham this weekend, and clearly left a good impression on the talented Lake Brantley senior.
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Stay tuned to BDN this week for the latest on Dominic’s decision.