Duke football: Blue Devils land three-star North Carolina cornerback

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The Duke football program landed a commitment from a North Carolina native who is a three-star Class of 2021 cornerback on Wednesday evening.

It’s been a busy couple of days recruiting-wise for David Cutcliffe and the Duke football team, but that hard work paid off on Wednesday night when Brandon Johnson committed to the Blue Devils.

Duke had been on the North Carolina native early in his recruitment process, and the three-star cornerback acknowledged the Blue Devils with his verbal commitment on his mother’s birthday.

Many power-five schools showed interest in Johnson, but his three finalists were Duke, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest.

The three-star CB virtually visited with Mack Brown and his staff at the University of North Carolina on April 18 but never received an offer, and the Wolfpack only offered the No. 97 cornerback in the Class of 2021 on April 14.

Johnson is ranked as the No. 1,120 recruit in the junior class and the No. 55 prospect in the state of North Carolina, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Newton, N.C., native runs a 10.98-second 100-meter dash and a 22.58-second 200-meter dash.

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Johnson joins Joshua Pickett as the second cornerback to commit to the Blue Devils in the ’21 class.

As a standout at Newton-Conover High School, Brandon Johnson becomes the ninth player to commit to David Cutcliffe and his staff in the Class of 2021 as the corner has improved the Blue Devils to the No. 33 class in the country and No. 5 recruiting class in the ACC.

Prior to Johnson’s commitment, Duke held the No. 36 recruiting class in the nation and the No. 7 incoming class in the ACC.

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In recent days, Duke has offered Class of 2021 prospects Braylen Jackson and Jacoby Jackson, who play defensive end and offensive tackle, respectively.

The Blue Devils should continue to climb up the recruiting boards as the summer progresses and recruits are able to get a first-hand look at the Duke football team in the fall.