Nov 9, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils linebacker Kelby Brown (59) celebrates with fans after beating the North Carolina State Wolfpack 38-20 at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

New kids on the Duke football gridiron: Trevon Lee

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.

Here’s the lowdown on wide receiver Trevon Lee.

Lee was highly recruited during his high school career, and for good reason. Lee was ranked in the top ESPN 300, sitting at 235th. Since the creation of the ESPN recruit rankings back in 2006, Duke hadn’t signed an ESPN 150 or an ESPN 300 recruit. Duke also hasn’t seen much four-star talent up until this recruiting class. In the 2014 recruiting class, Duke snagged four commitments from four-star athletes. From 2010 to 2013, the only four-star commitment Duke had was a kicker.


(Here’s the video that scouts were looking at of Lee’s junior year.)

The four star recruit was offered scholarships by California, Duke, East Carolina, Missouri, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Several other schools expressed interest in Lee, such as Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.  Lee committed to Duke during an on air appearance at Miami radio station WQAM 560.

Lee committed during a time of confusion for a lot of athletes. Many coaches who were heavily recruiting talented high school kids were turning around and hitting the door.

“That was a very big factor to me since a lot of coaches have been swapping schools lately,” Lee said. “But Coach Roper leaving didn’t really affect me, and I know for a fact Coach Cutcliffe isn’t going anywhere.”

Most freshmen redshirt, but I don’t see the Duke staff using one on Lee unless he gets injured. During his senior season, he grabbed 53 passes for over 700 yards and had seven touchdowns. He has strong hands, runs his routes well, and is an overall playmaker. Duke should use that to their advantage as soon as they get the opportunity.

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