Matt Lubick, the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator for the Duke Blue Devils, has left the program to take the position of passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at the University of Oregon, leaving Duke without their top recruiter just days before National Signing Day.
Lubick made a significant contribution in both of his roles, as Duke was the only team in the nation to have three different players with sixty or more catches (Crowder – 76, Vernon – 85, Scott – 66) and was just the second team in ACC history to have two receivers post 1,000 yards in a single season (Crowder & Vernon – 1,074). As a result of the unit’s success, Lubick was awarded with the 2012 Wide Receiver Coach of the Year award by FootballScoop.
Where he’ll be missed most, however, is in the recruiting game. Lubick’s recruiting had Duke in contention for a few of the nation’s premiere recruits, which was above and beyond where they were before Lubick. Obviously, you can argue that the increase in performance in recruiting is due to the overall increase in performance and direction of the team under Cutcliffe, but Lubick was also responsible for extending Duke’s reach in recruiting, as he took on the duties of recruiting players on the other side of the nation, landing numerous athletes from western states.
This news and his recruiting success shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Lubick has numerous ties to the west coast and the understanding is that he would like to be a head coach one day. This is a tough blow for a Blue Devils team that was just starting to make an impact in the recruiting game, and the loss is already affecting them.