Signing Day Superlatives: '14 Offense

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 offense.


Commitments: 11

Star Ratings: QB Nicodem Pierre (3), RB Shaun Wilson (3), WR Johnathan Lloyd (3), Trevon Lee (3), WR Chris Taylor (2), TE Davis Koppenhaver (3), OT Christian Harris (3), OT Kameron Schroeder (3), OG Trip McNeill (3), OG Jake Sanders (3), C Zach Harmon (3)

Average Offensive Star Rating: 2.91


Best offer sheet: Johnathan Lloyd picked Duke over offers from Clemson, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Miami (FL), UNC, NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia. Overall Lloyd reported 17 offers during his recruiting process, 14 of which are BCS level.

Honorable Mention: Trevon Lee picked Duke over offers from Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Syracuse, Stanford, South Florida, South Carolina, Rutgers, Purdue, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Louisville, Illinois, and California.

Biggest surprise: Christian Harris picked Duke over North Carolina and NC State while taking an unplanned visit between trips to Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

Most likely to see the field in 2014: WR Trevon Lee could certainly push for inclusion in the two-deep in August, and is the most likely player to see the field when the season begins. As the top target for most of the final several months of the class, seeing the field as a true freshman may almost be expected of the Florida receiver. The only other player who could see the field is Wilson, the speedy running back from Charlotte who will attempt to take advantage of the hole opened in the stable of backs due to the suspension of RB Jela Duncan.

Best positional help provided: The class of 2014 could be defined by a number of different players. Duke is bringing in a pair of quarterbacks with the potential to put up huge numbers later in their careers. In fact, the passing game as a whole will benefit from Pierre and Lloyd (who could factor in as a receiver or quarterback) as well as Lee, Taylor, and Koppenhaver. However, the most defining group of this class will be the offensive line where Cutcliffe and his staff have brought in five players - all of whom are three star prospects rated among the top 55 players at their position by

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