Updated Scout 300 Illustrates Duke's New Success

The Scout.com recruiting team has released the latest edition of the Scout 300, a list of the best high school football players in the country. For the first time in history the Blue Devils are well represented with several commitments appearing on the list. Here’s run down of the Duke recruiting haul so far.

Of the top 300 football players in the country regardless of position, Duke’s 2016 recruiting class holds four positions after Scout.com released the updated list on Wednesday. In addition to those four, the Blue Devils’ current 11-man recruiting haul boasts five four-star players.

In the East region Duke commit Scott Bracey got a big boost, moving into the top-100 overall at No. 97. Braces was the first commitment of the class and has maintained he is 100 percent committed to Duke. He is ranked as a four star prospect and the nation’s 20th best wide receiver prospect.

South Carolina linebacker Brandon Hill remained an four star player and maintained his status inside the top 200, checking in at No. 186. The 6-foot-3, 215 pound rising senior is considered the best linebacker in South Carolina, and the 13th best outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com. Hill is also considered the fifth best prospect in South Carolina regardless of position.

Just missing the cut of the top 300 players in the country was future Duke quarterback Chazz Surratt. The 6-foot-3, 200 pounds signal caller is considered a four star prospect by the recruiting team at Scout, and was an Elite 11 semifinalist recently. Suratt is considered to be the No. 2 quarterback in the state of North Carolina, the ninth best in the South region, and the No. 19 QB in the country.

With nearly half the current class being rated as four star prospects, Duke is also looking to add additional players of similar stock and stature. Chief among those targets is Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy standout defensive end Prince Sammons, who recently visited Durham unofficially, and will likely be back before January for an official visit. Simmons moved up in the rankings, checking in now at No. 113 overall and as the No. 13 defensive end in the country.

In the defensive backfield, Duke also hosted Texas cornerback Obi Eboh recently for an unofficial visit. Eboh remained a four star prospect according to Scout and is considered the nation’s 14th best cornerback, and third best in the Lone Star state. Overall the 6-foot-2, 185 pounds DB is rated as the nation’s 179th best player.

Just outside the top 300 is four star wide received Tre Nixon out of Viera High in Florida. Nixon has a list of offers nearing 50 programs, and consistently lists Duke among his leaders. Nixon is rated as the nation’s No. 48 wide receiver in what is one of the deepest pass catching classes in the recent memory.

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