With every new season come new players. Most of the time, the new kids on the block are freshmen. For the 2014-2015 season, Duke signed a plethora of true freshmen.
Incoming freshman Zavier Carmichael has known about his future for a long time. The Mobile, Ala. native signed with Duke over two years ago, back on June 11, 2012. Carmichael comes into to Duke as a linebacker. The incoming freshman class had two linebackers coming in (Carmichael and Tinashe Bere).
According to ESPN, Carmichael is a four star recruit, being one of the best in their incoming freshman class. He’s the 30th best Outside Linebacker on ESPN’s charts and is the 18th best player coming out of one of the best states for producing football talent.
Last fall, Carmichael was interviewed by Mobile’s Press-Register and he confirmed his commitment to Duke.
“I’m definitely 100 percent committed to Duke,” Carmichael said. “Coach Cutcliffe is turning the program around there… I see good things happening at Duke.”
It’s easy to envision Carmichael being part of those “good things”. According to ESPN, the 5-foot-11, 203 pounder has the good “diagnosing skills”, meaning Carmichael has the vision to read plays before or as they happen. He also is charted as being good outside run support.
In his highlight video, you can see Carmichael do just those things.
ESPN’s RecruitingNation has this take on Carmichael:
Carmichael plays with the instincts and intensity that consistently get him to the football and he makes momentum-changing plays. Carmichael is an outstanding athlete. His ability to play in coverage and support the run suggests potential as a strong safety with the ability to play close to the line of scrimmage, Early playing time is a distinct possibility.
When Carmichael went through skills testing in the offseason, he was clocked at a 4.82 for his 40-yard time and a 4.75 for his 20-yard shuttle. His vertical was just shy of 31 inches, coming in at 30.9 inches.
An early prediction: Carmichael ends up seeing playing time, with the potential of making huge plays at some point during the season.