Three star TE has Duke as his number one

Perhaps the top tight end prospect on the board in the class of 2015 was on campus this weekend for the basketball game between Duke and North Carolina. Following his time in Durham, this three star prospect is ready to declare the Blue Devils as his leader.

"I loved it," said Boca Raton (Fla.) St. Andrews School standout Jake Bargas. "I have never seen anyting like it in my life. Honestly, 'crazy' isn't a good enough word to describe those fans."

Bargas, a 6-foot-3, 225 pound tight end out of South Florida has emerged as Duke's top tight end target over the last few months. The Blue Devils worked to get him on campus and made sure to pitch their blend of academics and athletics. The message, it appears, was recieved loud and clear.

"I got to see everyting on the visit. I met with multiple coaches, and I really enjoyed the academic presentations by the supervisors. That was a really big selling point for me, and I enjoyed seeing just how much extra help the student athletes receive and how much access they have to the academic tutors and staff."

Bargas has early offers from Duke, Florida Atlantic, UMass, Tulane, and Wake Forest. He has visited several other programs, but none appear to have made as much headway as Duke.

"Duke is my number one right now. I have six other offers, and if I get more that would be great, but they would have to compare with Duke academically for sure."

In addition to the academic draw, Bargas says he's grown comfortable with the coaches and the way they say they will utilize him in the Duke passing game should he decide to cast his lot with them.

"They showed me a lot of tape of how they use Braxton Deaver. He plays the game the way I do, and they expect me to play a very similar role if I end up there. Right now that's what I talk about with my recruiting coach, Zac Roper and Coach Cutcliffe as well. I also hear from coach Matt Guerri as well."

Bargas, being a South Florida prospect, also echos the thoughts of 2014 Sunshine State prospects with regards to Duke's recent success and how it translates for the program in that talent rich area. But will it be enough to close this recruitment?

"After the last few seasons Duke is way more legit. They have grown a ton over that time and I think they are continuing to grow. When I talk with them, they don't really put a time limit on things but I do want to make a decision soon. The Duke coaches have definitely let me know they like me a lot and they would love to have me play there. For me, I want to know before the season where I'll be playing."

Bargas is rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com


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