Duke football joins powerhouses in Top-15 for North Carolina native

Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe with Alabama's Nick Saban (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe with Alabama's Nick Saban (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The Duke football program has joined many powerhouses in college football in the Top-15 schools for a North Carolina native.

David Cutcliffe and the Duke football coaching staff will have their work cut out for them in trying to land a highly sought-after recruit and a North Carolina native.

Diego Pounds, a three-star offensive lineman, narrowed his list of schools down to 15, which included the Duke Blue Devils.

Pounds also listed in-state schools such as North Carolina State and Appalachian State in his list, but the Raleigh native also has some powerhouses programs in his final schools.

Those schools are Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Oregon, Florida, Penn State, Tennessee, Miami, Michigan, Louisville, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech, who all made the Top-15 for Diego Pounds.

The Millbrook High School standout is listed at 6-foot-6, 305 pounds with his most natural position coming at offensive tackle.

Diego Pounds is ranked as the No. 438 recruit in the Class of 2021, the No. 41 offensive tackle, and No. 25 player in the state of North Carolina.

Duke has been very aggressive in recent weeks with the Class of 2021, landing a commitment from three-star cornerback Brandon Johnson and offering several players, including offensive linemen Michael Myslinski and Jacoby Jackson.

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247 Sports currently does not have a Crystal Ball Prediction for Diego Pounds.

David Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils currently have the No. 34 recruiting class in the nation and the No. 5 class in the ACC for the Class of 2021.

Duke is currently coming off of a 5-7 season and missed a bowl game for the first time since the 2016 season and just the second time since the 2011 campaign.

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As for responding in 2020, Cutcliffe landed Clemson transfer quarterback Chase Brice and will sport the No. 62 recruiting class in the country for the Class of 2020 and the No. 12 class in the ACC.