14 Early Offers In 2014

Whatever the year, the starting point for any recruiting class at Duke under Coach Cutcliffe has been centered around local talent. As the recruiting calendar switches to the class of 2014, TDD outlines 14 players to watch as the radar begins to fill up.

Will Richardson (6-6, 298, OT) - Burlington (N.C.) Cummings: RIchardson visited Duke in late November and has early offers from Duke, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, and East Carolina. He maintains a 3.9 GPA in the classroom. Early on the in the recruiting process Richardson has admitted to favoring Virginia Tech after growing up in Virginia.

Braxton Berrios (5-10, 170, WR) - Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road: Berrios is rated as a three star prospect early on. He already has offers from North Carolina, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, Virginia Tech, Minnesota, Maryland and South Carolina. Several other SEC schools are getting involved as well. Berrios often draws comparisons to Wes Welker.

Avery Edwards (6-5, 230, TE) - Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft: Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, and Virginia have all extended early offers to Edwards. This fall the local prospect visited several schools including Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Michigan, and Wake Forest. Despite playing at a small, private school, Edwards has all the makings of a big time player.

Jonathan Lloyd (6-0, 185, S/QB) - Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance: Clemson, Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest are among the schools to have offered Lloyd. During the fall he attended games at Duke, UNC, NC State, and Wake Forest. Though listed as a safety by Scout (and being recruited as such by some schools), Duke views Lloyd as a quarterback. In fact, David Cutcliffe visited Southern Alamance just before Christmas to tell Southern Alamance's coaches just that. Lloyd reports the most attention from Duke, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma State.

Kentavius Street (6-4, 265, DT) - Greenville (N.C.) JH Rose: A big lineman who has a desire to be an engineer, Street is getting interest from a number of programs including Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Maryland, Duke UNC, ECU, and N.C. State. Others sniffing around including Georgia, Florida State, Clemson, and Louisville. With so many top flight programs after him, it's the Blue Devils who are putting in the most work it seems. Street says he hears from Coach Rick Petri the most. He visited Duke earlier this year unofficially. Street runs bench presses 345 pounds, squats 625, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds.

Trip McNeill (6'5, 290, OT) - Mocksville (N.C.) Davie County: McNeill is one of the top 2014 prospects in North Carolina and already has scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, and Wake Forest. He's visited each program at least once in the last year. Distance will play a role in this recruitment, and the smart money is on a decision not taking McNeill any further than Virginia or South Carolina. The talented lineman says he's going to narrow his list of schools before Spring Ball begins.

Josh Cabrera (6-3, 185, WR) - Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside: Duke was the first school to offer Cabrera, but Virginia Tech soon followed suit. Others involved include Florida State, Mississippi State, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, and South Carolina. Cabrera has visited Duke along with South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia Tech. Cabrera says his first decision making priority is the quality of education he'll receive.

Derrell Scott (5-11, 185, RB)- Havelock (N.C.): Is one of the best athletes in the state of North Carolina in 2014. Considered a four star prospect and the number 11 running back in the class nationally, there's no shortage of interest from Scott. An early top three has been released by Scott and includes South Carolina, Florida State, and Ohio State. In total he has 11 offers. He finished the season with 180 carries for 1,759 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also had 11 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Trevion Thompson (6-3, 180, WR) - Durham (N.C.) Hillside: Just outside the Duke gates is one of the top five wide receiver prospects in the country, and is considered among the 30 best players regardless of position. And the Blue Devils are well aware of it. Thompson is considered a four star prospect early on and is approaching 20 offers. Thompson said he wanted to visit Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech in the near future. Duke extended an early offer, and is hoping to play up the hometown angle.

Donte Thomas-Williams (6-2, 212, RB) - Durham (N.C.) Hillside: Another local star from Hillside who has an early offer is considered one of the top 30 running backs in the country. Currently Williams is sitting on 16 written offers including one from Duke. The schools sending the most mail are Georgia, LSU, Duke (offer), and North Carolina (offer). Williams previously had a top three in alphabetical order of Clemson, Florida, and Ohio State. Now, Notre Dame is inching closer to that group.

DeAndre Thompkins (6-0, 175, WR) - Swansboro (N.C.): Thompkins has early offers from North Carolina, Duke, NC State, Penn State, Georgia Tech, and others. As far as athletic ability, he is unbelievable. He ran a 4.41 (second 40-yard dash) at North Carolina's camp over the summer. Thompkins admits to growing up a Florida fan, and he's also hearing a bit from Oregon too. Notre Dame dropped by last week to visit as well.

Jaylan Barbour (5-9, 170, WR) - Monroe (N.C.): Duke got plenty of looks at and feedback from Barbour this year as a teammate of commit Quay Chambers. Barbour already has offers from Duke, North Carolina, East Carolina, App State, NC State, and South Carolina. This week he's named Duke and South Carolina as his two favorites, with North Carolina in third.

Tre'Shun Wynn (5-10, 170, CB) - Monroe (N.C.): Another teammate of Chambers is this talented and speedy cornerback. Wynn has offers from Duke, ECU, N.C. State, and Appalachian State early, and has heard from Clemson, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina. Early on he's listing a top three of UNC, USC, and Clemson, but will camp with Duke this summer as well. Wynn is being recruited as both a RB and CB, with Duke seeing him more as a corner.

Lorenzo Featherston (6-7, 220, DE) - Greensboro (N.C.) Page: Feaherston has five offers from Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. He's received interest from LSU, East Carolina, Clemson, Duke, Nebraska, Alabama, Louisville, Ohio State, and Maryland. He has visited East Carolina and North Carolina so far. He grew up a fan of Oregon, and has also professed a fondness for Clemson and Louisville.


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