Spring Game Recruiting Roster & Notes

This weekend is about the future in Durham. The immediate future will be on the field as Duke holds the Spring Game. The potential long term future is defined by the top targets visiting campus. So who is here? Who is recruiting them? What are Duke's chances? Here's the complete visitor rundown.

Offensive Players:

Aaron Crawford
Defensive Lineman
6-foot-2, 300 pounds

Notes: Considered the No. 30 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com and a three star prospect, Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge standout Crawford has racked up offers from Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, ODU, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

The Cavaliers and Blue Devils were both working hard to secure a visit this weekend with Cutcliffe's program winning out:

"We promised the Duke coaches we would come down this weekend, so we are going to try to make it to a UVa spring practice or game later on."

The Blue Devils were his first offer.

"When I found out that this is one of the dates that they were having people over, that convinced me a few weeks ago to go, I knew I wasn't going to have wrestling during that time.

"I had brief conversations with Coach (David) Cutcliffe . He wanted to know a lot of my family and wanted to know everything that was going on around here. I've also talked to coach (Zac) Roper who is recruiting me from there."


Johnny Frasier
Running Back
5-foot-11, 205 pounds

Notes: Another four-star running back on the board, Frasier is considered the 26th best back in the country according to Scout.com The Princeton (N.C.) standout, who denies any favorites, says Duke, Florida State, UNC, and NC State are recruiting him the hardest.

Ideally, Frasier would like to make a verbal commitment right before his senior football season. However, he says that's becoming increasingly less realistic since his options continue to pile up.

"I'm looking for where I can get the best education and how I feel about the coaching staff," Frasier said. "And I want to be able to have fun while I'm there. The distance doesn't matter – whatever feels right is more important."

Frasier has visited Duke, Florida State, Georgia, and NC State already this year.


Hunter Littlejohn
Offensive Lineman
6-foot-3, 270 pounds

Notes: The three star offensive guard is rated as the No.40 prospect at his position by Scout.com and has picked up interest from Duke, Cincinnati, West Virginia, and Purdue early on.

His visit to Duke will be give the Blue Devils a chance to catch up with programs such as Illinois and Indiana - both of whom have offered. As far as a decision goes, Littlejohn doesn't anticipate making a decision before the summer camp circuit.

"I want a place where I can get a free education, have a good player-coach relationship and where I would love living for four years," he said.


Trevon McSwain
Defensive End
6-foot-6, 210 pounds

Georgia has traditionally been good to Duke, and as the Blue Devils continue to look for talent along the defensive line, McSwain has established himself as a prospect of interest.

"I am hearing from Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, Duke, and some others. Things have picked up a lot in recruiting recently," said McSwain.

This 6-foot-6, 220 pound junior out of Buford (Ga.) Lanier is a new name to many, but expect to hear a lot more about him in the coming months.

He had nine sacks in 2013 and his name is just starting to get out there. Most coaches that stopped by his school the last two weeks did not leave before offering him.

"Coaches like my speed and how I am a coachable player. They always tell me to keep my grades up, that I need to add more weight, and things like that, but the thing I hear the most from coaches is how they like my speed. That is why I am getting the offers I think."


Defensive Players:

Tony Nicholson
Defensive Lineman
5-foot-11, 170 pounds

Notes: This three star athlete is considered a wide receiver by Scout, though some programs see him as a quarterback as well. Duke is recruiting him as an athlete early on.

Nicholson, who reports running a 4.45-second, 40-yard dash, said Colorado State , Kansas State and Duke have offered him a scholarship. Iowa, Mississippi State, Indiana, Mississippi, Texas Tech, Texas-San Antonio and Baylor have been among the schools showing interest in him.

"I've visited Baylor, North Texas, Tulsa and Arkansas State," Nicholson said. "I'm going to visit Texas Tech this weekend and I'll be visiting Duke on March 1. I'm still planning on Kansas State."

Nicholson is considering a business major in college.

"I just really want the school to have a good educational program so just in case football doesn't work out I can always fall back on my degree," he said. "I want to commit at least before next football season but it might be sooner. I just have to talk to my mom and see which program best fits me."


Marquies Price
Defensive Lineman
6-foot-6, 225 pounds

Notes: A prospect who is relatively new to the recruiting scene, and who has flown under the radar in a deep state of Georgia class, Price has early interest from Cincinnati and Western Kentucky. Duke has not yet offered, though the Blue Devils have requested additional information and tape.

Price measures out at 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds with a 4.7 forty time.


C.J. Sanders
Wide Receiver
5-foot-9, 170 pounds

Notes: Sanders has caught the attention of the University of Tennessee in a big way. The Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy standout is considered a three star prospect and one of the class of 2015's top 50 pass catchers.

In addition to the Volunteers, he has offers from Duke, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

"A lot of schools are coming into play right now. I think offers are about to happen," he said.

A three-day visit at Stanford in late November helped him learn more about the Cardinal as he says he saw what gameday in Palo Alto is like and how he'd blend with the roster as he stayed in the campus dorms.

"It was a pretty big unofficial," he said. "Stanford was a good experience. I got to see them play Notre Dame and had fun there."

In his junior season, team captain caught 43 passes for 665 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also returned three punts for 113 yards and a score. That production resulted his being a TSSAA Division II Class AA Mr. Football Back of the Year finalist.

He is the son of former Tennessee Titans wide receiver and Ohio State standout Chris Sanders.


Kyle Shurmur
Quarterback
6-foot-4, 210 pounds

Notes: The Pennsylvania standout prospect is considered a three star quarterback according to Scout.com and has offers from Central Michigan, Pittsburgh and Illinois. A junior season evaluation revealed the following:

"Shurmur, 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, showed a strong, accurate arm, and exhibited a lot of poise in the pocket. After seeing Shurmur at a combine in early February, and comparing him to where he is today, it's apparent he takes his craft seriously and is putting in the time. His footwork was tighter and the delivery wasn't as long. It's easy to see he knows the game, from his father being an NFL coach and the excellent staff at St. Edward. He has the size and arm strength to be successful, and will be a player of note in the 2015 class in Ohio."

Shurmur is the son of current Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.


What they'll be doing…

As with every unofficial visit group, the visitors for Duke's third big recruiting weekend of the Spring Practice season will have several activities planned. Tours of the campus and facilities will be planned as well as chances to sit down and have a pair of meals with the coaching staff - both as a whole and positional unit.

The Spring game will take place during the afternoon before the recruits are given a chance to make additional meetings and presentations.


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