Ashburn, VA (Feb. 9, 2016) – Briar Woods’ Mark Birmingham committed to play football for Duke University back in November of his junior year, but it became official when he signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. After receiving over 12 verbal offers including from the likes of Penn State, Virginia Tech, Stanford and Florida State, Birmingham selected Duke because he felt they were the best fit for him in terms of what they offered both academically and athletically.
“I had a positive recruiting experience, shared Birmingham. I met a lot of great coaches and saw some of the best programs in the county, but it was a great feeling to commit early. It simplified the recruitment process and placed me one step closer to my dream of playing D1 football.”
Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke University is currently ranked #8 in the U.S. News & World Reports 2016 edition of Best Colleges in the Nation. Duke’s graduate and professionals schools–in business, divinity, engineering, the environment, law, medicine, nursing and public policy serve both the undergraduate and graduate population and are among the leaders in their fields.
Birmingham’s head football coach with be David Cutcliffe. Coach Cutcliff was named the 2013 National Coach of the Year, and has earned both ACC and SEC Coach of the Year honors in a distinguished career. Duke’s ascension into the national college football landscape has been spearheaded by Cutcliffe, who took over the program prior to the 2008 campaign after the Blue Devils had won just 10 total games in the previous eight seasons. Cutcliffe’s vision has come together in the last four years with 33 victories, four bowl appearances and the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship.
The two-time 1st Team All-State tight end and four-year varsity letterman has been played football for nine years. During that tenure, when asked about one of his favorite high school football memory, winning the state championship during his high school freshman year came to mind.
“I am most thankful for the support of my parents. They have done everything possible to help me reach my goals. I’m also thankful for Coach Charlie Pierce, for all his support, guidance and time over the years”.
Asked what advice he’d give other pursing their dream, Birmingham shared, “don’t ever give up. And never listen to something negative that someone has to say about you.”
Please join us in wishing Mark Birmingham the very best in his success on the gridiron, and in his pursuit of an Economics degree from Duke University.