Cutcliffe Makes Big Claims To 4 Star OT

Clark Yarbrough spent the weekend in Durham and says he believes Duke's goals are possible following his meetings with the Blue Devil coaching staff.

Ask any successful program where recruiting priority begins and most likely you’ll hear about the team’s offensive line. Duke’s subscribed to that theory and hosted this four star offensive tackle over the weekend where Coach Cutcliffe made some serious claims.

“It was an awesome visit,” said Woodberry Forest (VA) offensive tackle Clark Yarbrough. “I spent a lot of time with the coaches and players. It was very impressive in terms of the academic structure they have set up and the football program.”

Yarbrough is one of the more highly recruited prospects in the East region of the United States with offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Boston College, California, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, NC State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.

While he claims neither a timeline nor a favorite, for Duke it’s a big deal to get a player like this on campus. And the Blue Devil coaching staff has made some serious statements it appears. They started with Coach Zach Roper and continued with Coach Cutcliffe.

“I talk with Coach Roper probably once a week. He’s told me how Duke is the best combination of elite academics and elite football. Coach Cutcliffe has also made it clear that they plan on competing for a national championship in the next few years.”

For a program that is still building from several decades of bad football, that’s a pretty bold statement isn’t it?

“It is, but after this weekend I think it’s possible. They are definitely on the rise and are getting the right kinds of kids. Just look at the class they have for 2016 already.”

Duke is projecting the 6-foot-6, 275 pounder to play left tackle. Yarbrough is ranked as the No. 72 overall player in the class of 2016 by, the No. 10 overall offensive tackle, the second best tackle in the East region, and the best in the state of Virginia.

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