Duke football trying to create momentum for top-level offensive lineman

The Duke football team is pursing a top-level offensive lineman in the Class of 2022.

David Cutcliffe has made it a priority to try and bolster his offensive line in the Classes of 2021 and 2022, and the Blue Devils are swinging big with their latest offer.

Duke extended a scholarship to Class of 2022 offensive tackle Patrick Williams, who is also referred to as “PJ”.

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Williams stands at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds and is a Dickinson, Texas native, starring at Dickinson High School.

247 Sports lists the lineman as the No. 108 recruit in the sophomore class as well as No. 11 offensive tackle in the class and No. 18 prospect in the state of Texas.

PJ Williams also holds offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Houston, LSU, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma State, Penn State, SMU, and Texas A&M, among others.

In his sophomore season, Williams was named to the Texas 24-6A First-Team All-District and helped Dickinson to a 10-2 record and second-round appearance in the Texas 6A D-I playoffs.

Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils have offered seven offensive tackles in the Class of 2022, and despite not having any commits in the sophomore class, Duke has been one of the most aggressive programs on the recruiting trail.

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Duke has also offered Addison Nichols, Trent Ramsey, Tyler Booker, Gunner Givens, Collin Sadler, and Zach Rice.

In its two incoming classes (2020 and 2021), the Blue Devils have five offensive linemen under wraps, Class of 2020 offensive tackle Calib Perez, center Addison Penn, guards Graham Barton and Gary Smith, and Class of 2021 offensive tackle Andrew Jones.

Surely the recruitment process will only heat up for Patrick Williams, with already a handful of top-tier programs involved, but it’s a good sign for the Duke Blue Devils to be involved with the offensive tackle early to show interest and commitment in the longterm future of the recruit.

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