Tuscarora High School rising senior Bryce Duke has committed to attend and play football at Virginia Tech, becoming the third-Class of 2022 player from Virginia to commit to the Hokies.
Duke, a 5-foot-11, 196-pound running back, sported a sub 4.6 second time in the 40-yard dash following a stellar junior season for the Huskies. Duke amassed 1,772 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns in an abbreviated eight-game season.
Duke has been an essential part of Tuscarora’s recent success, helping the Huskies win consecutive regional championships and advance to the 2019 Class 4 state final.
With 14 scholarship offers on the table, Duke talked about the allure of Virginia Tech. He also considered Rutgers, Cincinnati and Duke.
“I’ve gone down to [Virginia} Tech a couple times now and every time I’ve learned or seen something new that really makes me love the campus and all the coaches,” Duke said. “On my official [visit], I got to meet some of the players, and I love hanging out with all of them which was definitely important when deciding.”
An extremely well-rounded player, Duke returns kicks and is a receiving threat out of the backfield in addition to his standout ability to run the rock in between the tackles.
“It’s such a blessing knowing that all the training and stuff like that I’ve been doing has been paying off, but honestly it’s just the start to a whole new chapter,” Duke said. “I got to keep working so I can compete at the next level.”
Following the conclusion of his senior season at Tuscarora, Duke will make the leap from varsity football to an elite Power 5 program. Virginia Tech has produced numerous high-level running backs over the years, most recently Khalil Herbert, a 2021 NFL draft selection by the Chicago Bears.
“I’m just gonna keep working and competing with all the backs that they have there,” Duke said. “Work to get that starting spot and become a top running back in the ACC.”
Prior to making the jump to college football, Duke is focused on preparing for his senior season at Tuscarora.
“There’s always things that I’m working on trying to get faster, more power,” he said. “Just really working on my craft especially for when I go to college because I know everybody’s going to be better.”