Duke football making top priority position clear on recruiting trail

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The Duke football program is making very clear what its priority is on the recruiting trail, especially with the Class of 2022.

While football evolves into a passing and air raid game, the true football coaches know that games are won in the trenches, and that is where David Cutcliffe is devoting his time while on the recruiting trail.

The latest offer Duke has handed out is to Class of 2022 offensive lineman Zach Rice out of Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Duke is one of many programs to be competitive for the services of the 6-foot-6, 282-pound beast, who is ranked as the No. 30 offensive lineman in the class and the No. 13 prospect in the state of Virginia, according to 247 Sports.

The Blue Devils officially extended an offer to Rice on May 18, the same day the Alabama Crimson Tide offered the recruit.

Zach Rice also holds offers from schools such as Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Southern California, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and others.

Duke has extended an offer to four other offensive linemen in the Class of 2022: Addison Nichols, Trent Ramsey, Tyler Booker, and Gunner Givens.

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The three-star recruit is a standout at Liberty Christian Academy and continues to soar up the recruiting boards of many college football powerhouses.

David Cutcliffe and his staff have yet to land a commitment from a player in the Class of 2022, but it is not for a lack of effort as the Blue Devils have upwards of 50 offers out to rising juniors.

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Duke, coming off a 5-7 season, currently has the No. 62 recruiting class in the country and No. 12 in the ACC for the Class of 2020 and No. 33 in the nation and No. 6 class in the ACC for the Class of 2021.