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Hart's Davis Koppenhaver commits to Duke University

Koppenhaver has 268 yards and two TDs on 22 catches for the Indians in 2013

Posted: September 14, 2013 5:20 p.m.
Updated: September 14, 2013 5:20 p.m.
Hart's Davis Koppenhaver has verbally committed to Duke University. Hart's Davis Koppenhaver has verbally committed to Duke University.
Hart's Davis Koppenhaver has verbally committed to Duke University.

The Hart High Indians have already been getting plenty of attention this season for their explosive offense.

Now they can add NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision-commit to that list.

Hart wide receiver/tight end Davis Koppenhaver confirmed to The Signal in an email that he verbally committed to Duke University while on his official visit to the school today.

“The academics of the school was always one of my main priorities,” said Koppenhaver on why he chose Duke. “I really liked the coaching staff when I met with them in July (on an unofficial visit).”

In two games this season for Hart, Koppenhaver has 22 receptions for 268 yards and two touchdowns as Hart has defeated Santiago of Corona and Chaminade to start the season.

The 6-foot, 5-inch, 215-pound Koppenhaver was recruited as a tight end, his natural position, but has played primarily at wide receiver in the Hart spread offense.

At Duke, Koppenhaver will play tight end — but don’t expect him to make any less of an impact in the passing game.

“They want to use me like Hart uses me,” Koppenhaver said. “(Duke’s) offense relies a lot on the tight end and they like to throw to the tight end.”

Koppenhaver, who also received scholarship offers from Colgate, Iowa State, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, UNLV and Yale, was in North Carolina this weekend and attended the Blue Devils game with Georgia Tech.

And he thinks he’ll fit right in on the other side of the country.

“The campus is incredible. My sister goes to school on the East Coast, she is at the University of Delaware. My mom and dad are from the East Coast and anytime we travel out there I love it. I love the South and how nice the people are,” he said.

Duke plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference and was 6-7 overall, 3-5 in the ACC last season under head coach David Cutcliffe — and is coming off a Belk Bowl appearance, another reason Koppenhaver was drawn to the school.

In 2013, the Blue Devils are 2-1.

The senior has overcome a lot in his young life, surviving cancer after being diagnosed with the disease in 2006.

Doctors performed emergency surgery to remove a tumor on Dec. 28, 3006 that had been blocking 90 percent of his airway.

Koppenhaver recounted to The Signal for a story in 2012 that his first thoughts after finding out about the cancer were about whether he could immediately play sports in the days ahead.

He made it back out then, and now he’ll continuing to play at Duke.



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