VISITOR LIST: Basketball and Football

It’s game day in Durham with both football and basketball in action against Virginia Tech and Fairfield respectfully. In addition to the current Blue Devils in action, the Duke football and basketball programs will host some key recruits. Here’s who’s coming.

BASKETBALL Five star small forward Brandon Ingram will make his way to Durham for the Blue Devils’ evening tip-off against Fairfield. Ingram, a 6-foot-8 prospect out of Kinston, has taken all five of his official visits including one to Duke in the late summer.

The Blue Devils are battling UCLA, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, and NC State for Ingram’s services. He has visited each school, with his most recent unofficial visit coming on Friday night for the Wolfpack’s season opening game.

Ingram originally indicated a decision would come during the early signing period, but now it appears as though he’ll wait to make a decision sometime after the signing period closes early next week. A commitment could come at any time during the season, but he would not be able to sign until the Spring signing period begins on April 15th.

“These are all extraordinary schools and we want to be able to see the environment so there won’t be any second guessing during the decision,” Ingram’s father Donald told Scout.com of the approach to the decision.

FOOTBALL COMMITS

Five commits will be on hand for Duke’s first home football game in several weeks. It starts with the Georgia contingent consisting of three star WR T.J. Rahming, three star DE Trevon McSwain, and three star DE Marquies Price who will all visit unofficially.

Duke will also welcome in-state, three star punter Austin Parker to Wallace Wade.

Each of the four commitments had several offers highlighted by McSwain who picked Duke over offers from 14 other schools including East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Mississippi State, NC State, Nebraska, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Virginia.

The 6-foot-6 and 232-pound McSwain is quick for a man his size and brings a lot of pressure on the quarterback from his end position. McSwain is envisioning a lot of double teams this fall because of the scheme.

"I would say my get off on the ball and pursuing the quarterback. In the odd man front I will be head up on the offensive tackle. The double-team will be there a lot this year for me to fight through."

Ramming also had a lot of early interest, and California is still poking around trying to stay involved, but the Peach State product says it’s a losing proposition for the Golden Bears.

"I am 100-percent committed to Duke. I am ready to get there, go to work, and play right away," said Rahming. "I like Coach [David] Cutcliffe and his staff -- they are loyal to me and I like how I fit there."

"Duke knows I am ready to come in to be a part of the program, so they know about Cal. It does not change anything with Duke."

As for Price, he’s getting an early look at where he’ll be come January after the three star defensive lineman signed a scholarship agreement to enroll at Duke in January.

Price is a 6-6, 220-pound native of Fort Valley, Ga., where he attends Peach County High School. During his junior year, he amassed 49 tackles and forced three fumbles while helping Peach County to eight wins and a berth in the state playoffs.

2016 commitment Elijah Deveaux will also be on hand after choosing Duke in early October.

FOOTBALL RECRUITS

Duke has already secured a pair of early commitments from the class of 2016 with four star WR Scott Bracey and three star RB Deveaux making their announcements. Now, it’s time to begin filling out the class.

On that note Duke will welcome five 2016 prospects on Saturday afternoon. The most highly rated is four star tight end Mark Birmingham, considered the No. 9 tight end in the country according to Scout.com.

Most recently West Virginia offered the 6-foot-4, 231 pound Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods prospect who also claims offers from Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin among others.

While his offer list is long, a group of schools is pursuing him the hardest.

”I’d say the schools who are recruiting me the hardest are Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and Florida State.”

He claims no favorites at this time.

- Arlington (Va.) Bishop O’Connell offensive tackle Jay-Jay McCargo is also making the trip down from Northern Virginia for the game. Duke offered in early October, and this will be his first visit to campus.

Other offers have come in from Virginia Tech, Penn State, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

- Three star offensive tackle Josh Ball, a 6-foot-7, 310 pound lineman out of Stafford (VA) will also be making the trip. Rated as the nation’s No. 28 offensive tackle in the class of 2016, Ball recently visited NC State for the Wolfpack’s game against Virginia. State has offered as have several others.

”I have offers from West Virginia, UVa, Duke, Maryland, NC State, Marshall, Wake Forest and ODU,” said Ball.

Ball has recently visited Maryland as well. He said he’s taking the process slowly and wants to see what materializes following the fall.

“I’m open to any college now, as long as I get an education,” he said. “Every offer I get, I’m open to. There’s not one individual school that’s getting more attention from me than the others. One thing, though, is I want to stay close to home; I want my family to be able to see me play.”

- In-state power back Tre Harrison, the latest great running back prospect out of Shelby (NC) Crest, will also be attending. At 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, Harrison has a 4.5 personal best forty time on the books as well as offers from Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Virginia, Tennessee, NC State, North Carolina, and Boston College.

This will be the three star back’s first trip to Durham this season, and an offer could be forthcoming.

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