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Coach Cut gets his man: QB Thomas Sirk commits to Duke

By Patrick Cacchio on June 29, 2011

QB Thomas Sirk committed to David Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils on Wednesday morning Head Coach David Cutcliffe received a pleasant surprise on his family vacation this morning, as Baker County (FL) QB Thomas Sirk committed to the Blue Devils. At 6'6" and 212 pounds, Sirk impressed the Duke coaching staff at camp earlier this month with his arm and athleticism, earning himself a coveted Duke offer. Remarkably, the Blue Devils' newest commitment has never played a full season at quarterback, but has been working with former Ole Miss and NFL QB David Morris this summer, and his recruitment has taken off. His recent highlight video has impressed coaches throughout the country, and Sirk was planning on camping at several ACC and SEC schools, but ultimately decided the opportunity at Duke was too good to pass up. The Duke coaching staff is thrilled to have a commitment from a player they believe will soon be leading the Blue Devils' offense in Wallace Wade Stadium. After watching the development of Thad Lewis and Sean Renfree, Duke fans have high expectations for Coach Cut's newest protégé. Welcome to Duke, Thomas! BDN just spoke with the new Blue Devil QB and will have his comments up this afternoon.

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By John Watson

TDD Staff Posted Jun 29, 2011

Thomas Sirk (6'5, 215, QB) has verbally committed to Duke becoming the 11th player to do so from the class of 2011.

Thomas Sirk

Thomas Sirk wants to be a quarterback. After playing receiver, quarterback, and safety a season ago for his high school team, the 6'5 Florida prospect decided the best way to pursue his dream was to learn from the coach who coached Eli and Peyton Manning. And so Sirk called the Duke coaching staff on Wednesday to verbally commit. "[Coach Cutcliffe] is a guy who I know can teach me how to be the best quarterback possible. It's a great opportunity when you consider I can learn from the best and be at one of the best schools in the country." Sirk chose Duke over a number of other schools including Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Iowa State, Southern Mississippi, Troy, Central Florida, and others. Previously Sirk indicated he was going to check out each of those schools in an attempt to earn more offers. That was before he decided on Duke and the Blue Devils decided on him. With limited numbers available, it is unlikely Duke will accept another commitment from a signal caller in the class of 2012. "Coach Cutcliffe told me that we were committing to each other. Both sides aren't going to look around anymore." As a multiple position player last season, Sirk recorded 312 yards receiving; 200 passing; 165 rushing; and was an all-Area safety. After seeing some tape, Sirk was invited to Durham for camp where he impressed the coaches enough to earn a scholarship offer. So why'd Duke offer? "They like their quarterbacks to be big, but also athletic enough to extend plays and

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