Meet the NEW Devils: T.J. Rahming

Signing Day profile of the Duke's three star wide receiver commitment

T.J. Rahming
Powder Springs (GA) McEachern HS
No. 5 WR in Georgia, Three stars
Committed on June 17, 2014

Vitals: 5-foot-9, 160 pounds

Recruitment: Rahming committed to Duke back in June, picking the Blue Devils over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Wake Forest. Following the commitment the Georgia prospect saw some of the schools back off, but not all as Cal kept pushing and eventually thought they’d have a visit from Rahming, but that was squashed in December.

“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 feels like is the right place for me all around. The coaches are guys I can be around, the offense is right for my game, and Duke is the school for me."

Early Impact: Speed will always have a place in Coach Cutcliffe’s offense and Rahming has that in droves. He’s also shifty enough to get open and overcome his size - and he’s a tiny receiver - but there are legitimate concerns over Rahming’s lack of strength. If he can spend the next six months proving he’s strong enough (read durable) to deal with the college game, then he’s going to play as a freshman either as a returner or in the slot receiver position.

“They want me to come in and play early. They believe I can be a big factor the day I step on campus.”

Rahming says he currently measures out at 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds with a 4.41 laster timed forty yard dash at the NFTC combine. His personal best stop watch time is a sizzling 4.34 seconds. His combination of speed and agility made him a matchup nightmare as a junior.

“I finished my season with 70 receptions for 1,546 yards and 23 touchdowns - two of them were punt returns.”

Scout Take: From the premier High School All-American game…where saw Rahming matching up with the best of the best.

Rahming was the smallest guy on the field, the lowest ranked guy, and one of the more unassuming kids at the start of the week. By week's end, all of his teammates were singing his praises as he regularly used his speed, quickness and route running skills to leave defenders in the dust. He's a perfect fit for Duke's offense. - Allen Trieu

He got deep several times and displayed impressive speed, quickness, and route running abilities. He's a smaller guy and got jammed at the line, something he will have to work on. What was impressive though, was after getting beat by Jaquan Johnson, he came back, competed and beat Johnson the next rep. He's a great fit for Duke and has a bright future there. - Trieu at USAA practice


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