Signing Day Superlatives: Offense

Coach Cutcliffe and his staff will welcome back nine offensive starters for the 2011 season. With so much experience returning, the coaching staff will likely be afforded the ability to red-shirt the entire offensive group if needed. However, as seems to happen each year, there are a few players who will likely be able to find their way into the two-deep as the season progresses.

Offensive Players - Signing Day Superlatives:

Biggest Commitment(s): Perhaps the biggest commitment for the Blue Devils is the most recent as Alabama TE David Reeves made a signing day decision for Duke. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Reeves has the ability to play tight end, defensive end, and perhaps as an offensive lineman. However, Duke's pitch was for Reeves to come in and help fill the void left by Brandon King and Brett Huffman.

On the perimeter of the offense, wide receiver Blair Holliday saw his recruiting stock blow up over the past few months. Holliday has outstanding size and body control. He is able to go up and make the acrobatic catch and adjust his body while in the air. He's a good route runner and comes off the line well. He has sticky hands and knows how to use his body to shield a smaller defensive back. He is not afraid to go over the middle and take a hit.

Honorable Mention: Though he's listed as a cornerback by Scout, look for Jamison Crowder to end up as a slot receiver similar to Donovan Varner once he arrives on campus. At 5'11 and 185 pounds, Crowder has tremendous acceleration and elusiveness that will serve him well in the Blue Devil aerial attack.

Along the offensive line, tackle Marcus Aprahamian looks to be a big time addition combining prototypical size (6'5, 305) with great burst off the line and a nasty streak when he locks up with the defender.

Most Likely To Be Seen In 2011: With so many players returning to the offense, it's likely the Blue Devils will have the ability to redshirt most of this year's freshman class. Certainly Holliday and Reeves have the ability to break into the various rotations with Reeves the most likely given Duke's TE depth chart and need for a physical presence.

Cutcliffe redshirted a pair of offensive lineman (Takoby Cofield and Laken Tomlinson) expected to move into the rotation this year in 2010, and will likely have the same luxury this year though Aprahamian at either guard or tackle could see himself listed on the two-deep at various times.

Biggest Sleeper of the Class: Though not as heralded as Holliday, WR Nick Hill has the tools to be a similar player to departed senior Austin Kelly. At 6-foot-3 Hill has been a basketball star for years and uses an explosive first step and quick feet to break into space. With his height and leaping ability he's the kind of receiver who can be counted on to win most jump balls - something the Duke receiving stable needs to counter balance the smaller, quicker slot receivers. '

Honorable Mention: Matt Skura comes into Duke with good size and better feet. All signs point toward Skura playing on the interior of the offensive line, most likely as a center though there will be plenty of opportunity for him to play either guard position after a year in the weight room adding good weight. When he does take the field in a year or so, look for Skura to be over 300 pounds after entering school around 275.

Complete Offensive Recruiting Class Breakdown:
QB: None
?RB: None
?WR: Blair Holliday (6'1, 175) Nick Hill (6'3, 190); Jamison Crowder (5'9, 175)
?TE: David Reeves (6'6, 245)
?OL: Lucas Patrick (6'3, 285); Marcus Aprahamian (6'5, 300); Cody Robinson (6'4, 305); Matt Skura (6'4, 275); Carson Ginn (6'4, 220)

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