Class of 2013: A Year Later

A year ago the class of 2013 was signed, sealed, and delivered for Duke. A class that featured 20 commitments including ten 3-star prospects according to Scout.com came with a fair amount of hype. A year later, we look back at how that group performed.

Offense: Nine commitments

Roster (Stars): QB Parker Boehme (3), WR Tyler Douglas (2), RB Joseph Ajeigbe (3), WR Terrence Alls (3), WR Ryan Smith (2), QB Quay Chambers (2), OT Sterling Korona (2), OT Gabe Brandner (2), C Austin Davis (3)

Class Star Average: 2.44

Players Redshirted: (8) - Boehme, Douglas, Ajeigbe, Alls, Chambers, Korona, Brandner, Davis Players Who Saw Action: Ryan Smith appeared in five games and picked up 41 yards on the season as a receiver. He caught a pair of passes for - including one for 39 yards.

Notes: Boehme was scheduled to redshirt from the start, but when Anthony Boone, Thomas Sirk and Brandon Connette went down with injuries at various times, Duke gave a strong look at burning Boehme's redshirt midway through the season. Thankfully for the Blue Devils, the injuries were staggered enough to provide a window that didn't require Boehme to jump into the fire as a true freshman.

With Duke losing Jela Duncan to academic issues for the entirety of 2014, there is an immediate need in the stable of RBs for a guy like Ajeigbe, a 5-foot-9, 215 powerful runner.

Most onlookers believe Chambers will eventually end up at wide receiver at Duke along with Douglas (who was classified by Scout as a QB).


Defense: 11commitments

Roster (Stars): Mike Ramsay (2), Dominic McDonald (3), Chris Holmes (3), Jake Kite (3), Phillip Carter (2), Johnell Barnes (3), Evrett Edwards (3), Deondre Singleton (3), Breon Borders (2), Dequavais Mann (2), Bryon Fields (2)

Class Star Average: 2.54

Players Redshirted: (7) - Ramsay, McDonald, Holmes, Kite, Carter, Edwards, Mann.

Players Who Saw Action: Barnes was classified as a cornerback by Scout.com (the 38th best in the country), but ended up as a wide receiver in Durham. It was the correct choice for the Florida prospect who appeared in 12 of 14 games and recorded 15 catches for 217 yards. He also returned 10 kicks for an average of 20.4 yards per return.

Of those players who stayed on defense, cornerbacks Breon Borders and Bryon Fields both contributed more than most expected. Heading into the early season many expected Evrett Edwards to be the defensive back who broke into the lineup. Instead it was Borders and Fields. Fields appeared in 14 games and recorded 42 tackles and six passes defended. Borders, meanwhile, also appeared in 14 games and recorded 26 stops, four interceptions, and eight passes defended.

At safety Deondre Singleton appeared in 12 games and recorded 63 tackles and one interception for Duke.

As the Blue Devils head into the 2014 season and Spring Practice, keep an eye on McDonald at linebacker and how Mike Ramsay has developed along the interior of the defensive line. Also, Duke will be relying on Edwards to live up to his pre-arrival hype and battling to help the Blue Devils replace departed senior CB Ross Cockrell.


Superlatives:

Best Offensive Performance: Johnell Barnes

Best Defensive Performance: Breon Borders

Offensive Redshirted Player to Watch in 2014: Quay Chambers - will he be moved from under center?

Defensive Redshirted Player to Watch in 2014: Evrett Edwards - is he ready to battle for a spot in the rotation at cornerback?


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