Duke football received their fifth verbal commitment of the 2014 recruiting class, adding 3-star defensive back Alonzo Saxton out of Bishop Hartley (Columbus, Ohio).
Saxton, who was recently named the Defensive Skills MVP at the Rivals Camp Series, would bring versatility to a Blue Devil defense that has struggled to put together a competent secondary during the Cutcliffe era. Standing at 5’11″ and weighing 175 lbs, Saxton is ranked as the #39 cornerback prospect by Scout.com and #44 by Rivals.com.
His 40-time has been clocked anywhere from the mid to upper four-second range, so he isn’t a burner by any means. What he lacks in speed, however, he makes up for in football IQ. The 4.0 GPA student-athlete has played both wide receiver and cornerback in high school and, from what I can see in his recruiting videos, he possesses a very impressive ability to read the opposition and maneuver around the field. While he isn’t explosive, he has all the abilities of a playmaker, which showed at the Rivals Camp Series.
The good news continues to pile up for Duke and their recruiting process. Hartley chose Duke over several other BCS offers, including Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Cincinnati and West Virginia. If anything, this is another sign that Durham is becoming a legitimate landing spot for recruits and, although this may not be a very big recruiting class, it certainly has the potential to be one of the better classes of the Cutcliffe era.