Duke has made a habit of being selective on the West Coast in recent seasons and that continued with the class of 2015 as the Blue Devils landed three players from California. As one of the three best areas for prep football along with Florida and Georgia, finding a player ranked as one of the best 200 players in California usually translates into a solid career at the next level. So it’s no surprise that Duke is thrilled to have pulled in a commitment from the 17th best player in the state and one of the best 120 players int he country regardless of position in Ben Humphreys. Additionally, Duke wide receiver Aaron Young checks in as the state’s 100th best prospect regardless of position.
The only Duke commit to not make the California 100 was early enrollee offensive lineman Reno Rosene, who was considered a three star offensive lineman. He was, however, named as the No. 7 guard in the state and the 12th best in the West region.
Signal caller Quentin Harris was tabbed as the seventh best player in the state of Connecticut and the state’s best quarterback. Harris picked Duke over Boston College in a hotly contested recruitment and will enroll this summer with eyes on competing for the top backup spot on the roster.
The Blue Devils landed a pair of Florida prospects in DT Brandon Boyce and OL Zach Baker. Both players are considered three star prospects by Scout with Boyce putting together a monster senior season in leading St. Thomas Aquinas High to a state title - a run of play in which he was described by Scout.com as “unblockable”. However, as with California, the talent rich Sunshine State is ultra competitive when ranking players and neither Blue Devil commit was able to crack the top 100 overall list, though both are considered by the network’s recruiting team among the state’s top five players at their respective positions.
The balance of the Duke recruiting class comes from the Peach State with a whopping seven commitments coming from Georgia. The highest ranked Blue Devil is also the smallest. Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern standout and US Army Bowl participant T.J. Rahming is considered the No. 56 overall player in Georgia in the final rankings while Griffin (Ga.) and fellow future WR Keyston Fuller checks in as the state’s No. 64 overall player.
The entirety of the seven member Georgia contingent is ranked as three star prospects lead by the most recent commitment, Jeremy McDuffie who is tabbed as the state’s No. 5 cornerback.
In the Midwest, Duke got a shot in the arm on offense with the commitment of Lemont (Ill.) Lemont Township HS standout Flynn Nagel, who is considered the 11th best player in the state of Illinois. Nagel is also considered the second best WR prospect in the state by Scout.com. Nagel recorded 28 touchdowns on the season, one shy of tying the state record for touchdown receptions in a season.
One of the earlier commitments in the class could also turn out to be the one who plays earlier than most. Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional High School linebacker Joe Giles-Harris turned down offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Illinois, Maryland, and NC State in June. He had a strong senior campaign and finished ranked as the No. 24 overall player in the state per Scout and the fourth best linebacker.
After spending several seasons establishing roots and in-state, the Duke coaching staff landed just two scholarship players from North Carolina’s class of 2015. One, punter Austin Parker, is a three star prospect, but didn’t factor into the final state rankings. The most recent and final commit to the class is Ardrey Kell High’s Twazanga Mugala, a two star defensive end who Duke flipped from Purdue on the final official visit weekend of the cycle for the Blue Devils. Mugala is rated as the state’s No. 44 overall prospect by Scout.
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