Elijah Deveaux picked Duke over offers from NC State, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech on Friday afternoon. Other schools in the mix included North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Boston College.
Rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com, the 6-foot-1 power back is described by his high school coach as "the first true power ‘back we've ever had in our system," Christian head coach Jason Estep said. "We've had guys like Ty Linton and Des Lawrence, who are great athletes who can outrun guys and sometimes run through guys. But he's the first true power ‘back. He's every bit of 6-1 and probably 210 pounds."
"He gets better as the game goes on and he wears people down. And he runs between the tackles extremely well – that's really his deal… He has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. I'm not so sure he wouldn't be a great linebacker for us, because he has that mentality but we obviously only play him on one side of the ball."
Previously Deveaux said his relationship with the Duke coaching staff would be a big factor in his decision.
“I like the education at Duke,” said the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Deveaux. “I also really like (running back) coach (Re’quan) Boyette. He’s young, energetic and played at Duke. They’re also a team on the rise, coming off that ACC Coastal Championship.”
Deveaux joins four star athlete Scott Bracey as the first two members of Duke's 2016 recruiting class.