A big week for Duke FB recruiting

There are very few spots remaining in Duke's 2014 recruiting class, and the next week could go a long way to determining which players are presented offers to fill those positions. The Blue Devil coaching staff will welcome several prospects to campus this week. TDD reviews which players will make their way to Durham and more.

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The week began with the unofficial visit of Virginia defensive lineman Tyler Powell. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Powell has picked up an offer from Duke within the last month as well as several other programs.

Bucknell, Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Hampton, Indiana, James Madison, Marshall, Old Dominion, Purdue, Syracuse, Temple, UNC-Charlotte, West Virginia, William & Mary and Wisconsin have all offered.  With the Orange and Eagles offering, it gives ACC schools all the more reason to take a look at the talented D-lineman.

"It's exciting, you know," Powell said. "They're going to the ACC next year and that's big. It's always exciting to get an offer from a big school like that. I think it'll definitely help me with some of the other ACC schools too. Now that them and Boston College have offered, other schools can see that I can play in the ACC. So that's always good."


It'll be another defensive lineman making his way to campus. This time it's Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic, three star defensive end Kurt Holuba. At 6-foot-3, and 235 pounds, Holuba has offers from a number of high major programs including Arizona, Florida State, Michigan State, Boston College, Massachusetts, Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia.

Duke has also thrown in an offer as they look to finish up the class with some help on the defensive line. In addition to visiting Durham, Holuba will be visiting North Carolina and Virginia this week. From there, Holuba will visit Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and do a one-day camp at Stanford with his mom tagging along, not to mention potential trips to Boston College and Rutgers.

"I'll have a good idea who my favorites are after these next two weeks," said Holuba. "Nobody is off the table right now."

Holuba is rated as a three star prospect and the nation's No.69 defensive end.


Duke will host speedy Florida WR Trevon Lee, a 5-foot-11, 175 pound prospect out of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons High. Lee is rated as a three star prospect and the nation's No. 54 wide receiver.

Lee says Vanderbilt, Stanford, Duke, California, Nebraska, and Rutgers seem to be recruiting him the hardest right now, and he has offers from more than 20 FBS schools including Auburn, Boston College, California, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Illinois, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, Southern California, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

Lee had 35 receptions for 704 yards and he scored 11 touchdowns in 2012, so not only does he have the tools, he produces.

"I think I have great field speed, I think my hands are a real strength, and I seem myself as a playmaker. I can always get better, but those are some of my strengths."

"I do not have any favorites yet. I will narrow things down over the summer as I learn more about the schools. The summer visits will play a big role in my decision. I will probably take some official visits too, but what I learn over the summer will be big."


Sleeper defensive lineman Kedar Bryant, a 6-foot-5, 235 pound defensive end will be in Durham on Thursday. Bryant plays both defensive end and tight end for his school. He is projected as a defensive end at the next level. A natural athlete, Bryant also managed kick and punt return duties as a junior and reports a vertical jump max of 36 inches with a 330 pound bench press max.


The week winds down with several prospects making their way to Durham. In addition to several prospects, Duke will host committed players Johnathan Lloyd, Trip McNeill, Alonzo Saxton, and Tinashe Bere.

Big time linebacker Kendall Joseph is down to a final three, and a decision is expected to be made very soon. The Blue Devils will be hoping to make a final pitch when the 6-foot-1, 235 pounder is in Durham on Friday. Joseph will announce his school choice on Monday, June 17th. He is considered the nation's No. 28 middle linebacker according to Scout.com, and has offers from Clemson, Duke, Louisville, Appalachian State, Furman, Georgia Tech and UCLA.

Last season, Joseph had 129 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries and five forced fumbles. He also had six touchdowns on offense.

Joining Joseph and the committed players on Friday will be three star defensive end Bradley Chubb. The 6-foot-4, 235 pound prospect out of Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove is considered the nation's No. 46 defensive end and has offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Mississippi State, West Virginia and Wake Forest.

In his junior season, Chubb missed four games due an an ACL tear. In the ones he played for the Hawks he showed his effectiveness in the interior.

"I'm close to being back to 100-percent. I'm faster getting off the ball, blowing linemen out, and quicker on that first step. If I don't get first team All-State and All-American this year I'm going to be disappointed."

From the exterior to the interior of the defensive line, Duke will also host three star defensive tackle prospect Justin Jones out of Austell (Ga.) South Cobb High. Jones is considered the nation's No. 41 defensive tackle and has offers from Duke, Louisville, Miami, and South Carolina.

Jones' recruitment has blown up of late as Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Scott Kennedy reports:

"Jones (6'3/260) of South Cobb High School in Georgia was holding an offer from Old Dominion at one point this Spring. His second offer? Miami. That's quite a step up in being noticed by big time programs. He's an excellent big athlete who could play end in the right system or slide inside and play defensive tackle. He was terrific at the Nike Camp held in Buford, and since then Duke, Marshall, and MTSU have offered. They won't be the last."

The final Friday visitor will be Florida QB Nick Smith of Merritt Island High in Florida. Smith has not yet earned an offer, and is a more traditional, pocket-passing signal caller at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds.


Duke will finish the week with three committed players on campus as McNeill and Saxton stay over in Durham to join future teammate Jake Sanders.


The rising senior class is also represented this week as Duke will welcome Ringgold (Ga.) standout Zach Morris on Sunday, Hernando (Fla.) QB Justin Roberts on Monday, and Darlington (Ga.) LB Robert Muschamp on Wednesday.

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