The Duke football team sent a clear message to Cooper Flagg following its win on Saturday.
In a matchup between an undefeated ranked team and a winless, floundering program, the biggest storyline entering the Duke football matchup with UConn on Saturday was the expected attendance of basketball recruit Cooper Flagg, the top high school player in the country.
Flagg has not announced a group of finalists but all signs point to Duke, UConn, and Kansas being the three schools he is considering after scheduling official visits with each program.
This weekend was the trip to Connecticut for the Maine native and it ironically came on the same date on the calendar as the Blue Devil football team battled the Huskies in Hartford.
The game was never close as No. 18 Duke (4-0, 1-0 ACC) ran away with a 41-7 victory over UConn (0-4), but the postgame social media post from the Blue Devils is what made headlines with the caption “FLAG PLANTED.”
Granted, the post would have gathered much more attention nationally should an extra ‘G’ have been added to ‘flag’ in order to properly spell the recruits name but Duke fans were very quick to point out the subtle meaning behind the message.
Jon Scheyer and the Blue Devils have pegged as the heavy favorites to land Cooper Flagg after he reclassified from 2025 to 2024 this summer and he will take his official visit to Durham on October 20 for Duke’s Countdown to Craziness.
Flagg will also take an official visit to Kansas on October 6.
Duke football helps basketball team land prized recruit
Duke recently added another 5-star prospect, Kon Knueppel, to its 2024 recruiting class last week after he took in the Blue Devil football game against Northwestern on his official visit to Durham.
Unfortunately, Duke will not be home the weekend that Cooper Flagg comes to campus as Mike Elko will lead his team into a major battle against No. 5 Florida State in Tallahassee, but another ranked team will come into Wallace Wade Stadium this weekend when the Blue Devils play No. 11 Notre Dame.
Duke already topped No. 9 Clemson, 28-7, in its first game of the season at home.
Kickoff between the Blue Devils and Fighting Irish is scheduled for 7:30p.m. EST (ABC).