Devils working hard for top '14 big man

Jahlil Okafor says Duke has been recruiting him harder than most any other program

With the April live evaluation period in the dust, coaches have already started to follow up on marquee targets they tracked during the final two weekends of the month. Duke was certainly no exception in staying in touch with their primary targets as the coaching staff made sure to follow up with one of their biggest recruits - in size and stature - by speaking with elite 2014 center Jahlil Okafor.

Okafor broke down his recruitment over the weekend while playing with the Mac Irvin Fire at the Spiece Run N' Slam in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

"Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, Ohio State, Arizona, UConn, and Georgetown were all in touch after April," Okafor said. "The only coaches I talked to were the Ohio State coaches and I (also) talked to the Duke coaches. Every other school spoke to my Dad."

With Duke being one of the two programs that actually spoke directly to Jahlil, the Devils had a chance to re-iterate their commitment to recruiting's No. 2 player in 2014. Okafor is off a strong start this spring, averaging 11.1 points and 4.6 rebounds a game in only 19 minutes a game in nine EYBL contests.

"I spoke with Coach K and he was just telling me more about the program and how much he wants me to go there," Okafor said of his recent contact with the Duke coaching staff.

Okafor, who is also shooting 70% from the field in the EYBL, also said the Devils were among those recruiting him the hardest.

"I would say Ohio State, Michigan State, Duke, and Arizona have been the most consistent recruiting me," Jahlil said.

While the recruiting process never seems to end for Jahlil, he's also spent a considerable amount of time getting into better game shape.

"It's making things a lot easier for me," Okafor said of his work in the gym. "It's easier to move, I'm a lot more athletic, and it's easier to dunk. So it's helping my game a lot. I can move more from left to right and it's helped my agility on defense."

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