Signing Day Superlatives: '14 Defense

The class of 2014 is being called the most talented to date for head coach David Cutcliffe during his tenure at Duke. With 18 players signing letters of intent and 14 of those rated as three star players by, there's certainly evidence supporting that assertion. We run down the best of the class by handing out Signing Day Superlatives for the defense.


Commitments: Seven

Star Ratings: DT Edgar Cerenord (3), DT Quaven Ferguson (2), DE Taariq Shabazz (3), LB/S Zavier Carmichael (2), LB Tinashe Bere (3), CB Alonzo Saxton (3), CB Zach Muniz (2)

Average Offensive Star Rating: 2.57


Best offer sheet: Alonzo Saxton reported 11 total offers including eight from BCS programs. His top list included Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Navy, Northwestern, Purdue, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Honorable Mention: Edgar Cerenord recorded 19 total offers including seven BCS offers. His best offer came from Miami (Fla.), while others included Arkansas, Indiana, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, South Florida, Central Florida.

Biggest surprise: Cerenord and Duke seemed to part ways in the late summer before the Blue Devils circled back around and upped the recruitment in a big way. The Blue Devils got the big defensive tackle on campus and then earned the commitment before he left campus.

Most likely to see the field in 2014: Cerenord will certainly fight for immediate playing time along the interior of the defensive line. The Florida lineman told TDD that the coaches were projecting him to come in and play as a true freshman.

Honorable Mention: Both Alonzo Saxton and Tinashe Bere could factor into the defensive backfield - especially if Bere ends up at a rover.

Best positional help provided: The defensive line needed help in 2014 and will need more in 2015. The late addition Cerenord along with Shabazz provides Duke help along the front four. Depending on the depth chart, the class of 2014 could also end up providing additional depth for the defensive backfield.

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