Duke football makes Top-5 for top-tier Class of 2021 running back

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The Duke football program made the Top-5 for a Class of 2021 running back.

Duke recently made the Top-5 for Class of 2021 running back Gabe Ervin, who took a unique way of dwindling down his final handful of schools.

The Buford, Georgia native took to his Twitter page and released a graphic of himself on the cover of a Sports Illustrated magazine with his top five schools and some other notable information about himself.

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Along with the Blue Devils, Michigan State, Arizona State, Nebraska, and Georgia survived the cutdown from the three-star prospect.

Ervin is ranked as the No. 734 recruit in the Class of 2021 while being the No. 54 running back and No. 61 prospect in the state of Georgia, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

The same site has not yet revealed a Crystal Ball Prediction for Gabe Ervin.

A standout at Buford High School, the 6-foot, 200-pound tailback only picked up an offer from the Blue Devils on April 26, but David Cutcliffe and his staff made such an impact on the prospect that he included the program in his final five schools.

According to the cover of his graphic, Gabe Ervin is looking to lead Buford to back-to-back GHSA State Championships.

Duke beat out the Michigan Wolverines, who offered Ervin on the very same day.

The Blue Devils are currently boasting a 10-man 2021 recruiting class, evenly split between offense and defense, but Duke does not have a running back nailed down in the rising senior class.

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Duke extended offers to 18 running backs in the Class of 2021, eight of which have already committed to other programs.

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David Cutcliffe currently has the No. 34 recruiting class in the country and the No. 7 class in the ACC for the Class of 2021, and it looks like the Blue Devils want to add a couple of more valuable pieces before comfortably heading onto the Class of 2022 and 2023.