The 2015 Duke football recruiting class is shaping up nicely. Since the beginning of June, the Blue Devils have received verbal commitments from two four-star and eight three-star recruits.
Head Coach David Cutcliffe and his staff keep adding to their list of 2015 commitments thanks in part to a successful 2013 campaign in which the Blue Devils went 10-2 and battled Johnny Manziel and his Aggies until the bitter end. That kind of exposure on the national stage is exactly what the football team needs in their quest to erase the phrase “Duke is a basketball school.”
Helping the cause are four-star recruits Reno Rosene and Tyler Petite. At 6 foot 7, 340 pounds, Rosene is ranked as Rivals 31st offensive tackle prospect in the nation, while Petite is 13th amongst tight ends. These two highly touted athletes, along with wide receiver Aaron Young, bring the total count of California commits to three.
In fact, these days the trend of players outside of North Carolina choosing Duke is quite popular. Georgia, another hotbed of high school talent, is home to six of Duke’s 2015 verbally committed recruits including wide receivers Keyston Fuller and TJ Rahming and defensive ends Marquies Price and Trevon McSwain.
Rounding out the latest batch of three and four star players declaring Duke as their college of choice are dual threat quarterback Keith Washington, linebacker Joel Giles-Harris and wide receiver Flynn Nagel.
Not only are the Blue Devils seeing an influx of out of state players, but the program is proving to be a formidable foe against traditional football powerhouses on the recruiting trail. Rosene and Petite turned down Notre Dame and USC respectively for the privilege of becoming a Blue Devil. That’s the kind of progress Duke fans like to hear!
Of course there is plenty of time before signing day, so anything can happen. For now though, 2015 is shaping up to potentially be the year Duke finally finishes with a top 50 recruiting class.