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New kids on the Duke football gridiron: Trip McNeill

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 offensive tackle Trip McNeill.

He’s a three-star recruit coming from Mocksville, N.C., just a little over 100 miles west of Durham. He had offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia and Wake Forest. Clemson also had interest in McNeill. He committed to Duke on March 18, 2013 and signed his letter of intent on February 5, 2014. He hinted that he wanted to stay close to home and he did just that.

“I found what I was looking for,” said McNeill after committing.

The 6-foot-5 290 pounder was the 18th best recruit coming out of North Carolina. He’s also the 28th best offensive tackle in the 2014 recruiting class.

Over the past four years, McNeill wanted to put an emphasis on working on the weight room and building up speed.

(Above are his junior year highlights.)

After his junior season he was selected as an all-state selection. Even though his senior season wasn’t as successful as his junior season, he gained a second all-state selection.

It’s likely that McNeill will be redshirted for his college debut season.

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