Announcement Primer: Ben Humphreys

The highest rated prospect on the Duke recruiting board is set to announce his decision on Sunday afternoon. We review the scouting report, recruitment, and break down four star linebacker Ben Humphreys.

THE PLAYER

Ben Humphreys
Mater Dei HS / Santa Ana, CA
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 190 pounds

Position: Outside Linebacker / Safety

Rating: Humphreys is rated as a four star prospect and the number 15 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com. He is considered among the top 200 players in the country regardless of position.

Analysis: Humphreys is the definition of a football player, he just knows how to play the game. His instincts are unmatched and he’s one of those guys that just seems to be a step ahead of everyone else on the field. He's a very good all around athlete with above average cover skills. He’s physically tough, can play in space and rush the passer. He ‘s a natural leader and easily one of the most under-rated prospects in the region - Greg Biggins, Scout.com

Humphreys participated in The Opening event in Oregon last week and was considered among the top defensive players there according to Scout.com.

“Humphreys is one of the most instinctual defensive players in this event and had three very good games,” said west coast analyst Allen Trieu. “He's quick, runs well and made plays all over the field. He's a natural weak side 'backer but is playing more middle in this event and was the most consistent player for a solid MACH SPEED team.”

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THE RECRUITMENT:

Humphreys has offers from a number of power programs including Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, California, Colorado, Miami, Nebraska, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, and Wisconsin.

Southern Cal and Stanford were reportedly on the verge of offering after Humphreys visited their camps, but the prospect appears to have decided before the Cardinal or Trojans could make a decision on their end.

Duke offered Humphreys very early in the process and stayed with him as the top linebacker/safety hybrid on the 2015 recruiting board. He was recruited by assistant coach Jeff Faris.

Last week he said one visit he would “definitely” take would be the trip from California to Durham. Given that pronouncement and the trend of his recruitment, it would be an upset if he didn’t announce for the Blue Devils on Sunday.

What It’d Mean: For Duke a commitment would further announce the Blue Devil program has arrived after a magical 2013 season. Going out west isn’t something that has been a problem for Coach Cutcliffe’s staff over the last few years, but in 2014 Duke has landed several highly rated targets and done so by beating regional and national powers. Adding Humphreys, a top 200 overall player to the commitments of No. 16 TE Tyler Petite (over USC) and three star OT Reno Rosene is a massive accomplishment, and a sign of where things are heading.


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