Duke Commits Among State Rankings

Scout.com's recruiting experts are beginning to release various sub-rankings throughout the country. Take a ride through the various lists as TDD documents where the network experts view the Duke class to date.

Duke has a pair of commits listed among the top 40 players in the "Old Line" state.

There star defensive end Allen Jackson (6'5, 225, 4.8) checks in as the No. 23 ranked prospect in the state. Jackson was the second commit of the class way back in late March and has maintained his verbal throughout the summer. He selected Duke over offers from Maryland, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia.

Cornerback Michael Westray checks in as the 28th rated player in the state. Westray (6'1, 195, 4.4) is also a three star prospect and chose Duke over an offer from North Carolina State and interest from schools such as Kansas State, Maryland, Michigan, and Penn State.

New York
Defensive end A.J. Wolf checks in as New York state's No. 10 overall prospect. Considered a two star prospect by Scout.com, Wolf has earned praise for his "high motor and prototypical defensive end size (6'4, 245). The Blue Devils were Wolf's first offer and he's since shut down any further recruiting.

Wide receiver and big time athlete Anthony Nash checks in as the Keystone State's No. 52 rated prospect overall. That may seem low, but it's a very talent heavy year in Pa. and the Blue Devils are no doubt thrilled to have a received with Nash's physical gifts.

Nash chose Duke over an offer from Purdue as well as interest from North Carolina. At 6'5 and 185 pounds (with a 4.3 40 time on the books), Nash did play football in middle school, but walked away from the game shortly afterwards and didn't think too much more about it until a year ago. Soon after he made the various rounds to the different summer camps and started picking up more and more offers.

"Actually I made a bet with my friend that if I played football he had to play basketball with me. I didn't really take the game too seriously at that point and never thought I'd get a Division I scholarship."

North Carolina
In-state commit Dan Beilinson is Duke's lone representative on the North Carolina Top 30 prospect list, checking in at No. 25 in the state. A three star tight end prospect, the 6'5, 230 pound Raleigh native chose Duke over offers from Arizona State, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, East Carolina, Indiana, and Vanderbilt.

"Coaches say they like my playmaking ability," said Beilinson. "When I catch the ball, I secure it and don't lose it... it's also hard to bring me down for my size. They like my hands, size, and potential because they feel like I can get bigger."

Beilinson maintains a 4.0 GPA.

The Blue Devils' lone commit from Ohio is also the nation's top kicking prospect. Ross Martin is a three star player and by choosing Duke, gave the program back to back top rated specialists, joining last year's top punter Will Monday on the roster.

"Duke was a place had fallen in love with when I visited earlier, and this offer is a dream come true," he explained. "When you combine the football program with the tremendous academic reputation, there's no way to top Duke."

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