It didn’t take long for cornerback Zach Muniz to commit to the Duke Blue Devils after they made the official offer on Friday. In fact, he pledged his services before the phone call from head coach David Cutcliffe was over.
After visiting Durham less than a month ago, the St. Louis, Mo. native had been hoping an offer from the Blue Devils would be coming soon. He had previously received offers from other schools like Cincinnati and New Mexico, but jumped at the chance to play in the ACC.
Muniz is listed as a three-star cornerback by most recruiting services, but could play several roles in the Duke secondary thanks to his versatility. At 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, he might seem a little light to play safety, but they’re hoping he can add some bulk and play on the back end at times. In addition, they like his man-to-man skills and envision him playing some nickel back as well.
Muniz is not blazing fast, but possesses enough speed to excel in man schemes. He displays fluid hips coming in and out of breaks and plays the ball well in the air. He shows great instincts, something that will serve him well in zone schemes that Duke likes to employ. As noted above, he doesn’t have the size to be a standout against the run, but he doesn’t shy away from contact either.
The Blue Devils now have 15 commitments for the class of 2014 and appear to be taking advantage the momentum they built with their successful 2012 season.