Michael Ausiello
August 03, 2010 AT 08:47 PM EDT

Image Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.com; Bob Mahoney/The CWThe Vampire Diaries is introducing some fresh blood for Damon.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Courtney Ford — a.k.a. Trinity’s daughter on Dexter — has landed the potentially recurring role of Vanessa, a grad student at Duke who helps Damon, Alaric, and Elena go through Isobel’s old research.

At Comic-Con last month, exec producer Kevin Williamson hinted that the character may be harboring a secret or two. “She’s not without her own intrigue,” he told me. “It’ll be a nice little part for someone. And it’s a part that could evolve into this massive story line or we could gut her like a fish.”

God bless Kevin Williamson and his awesome sound bites.

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