Football Recruiting Notebook: June 19

The Blue Devils have already landed one of, if not the best class in program history with the 13 verbal commits in 2016. With only four or five spots left, we’ve reviewed our recruiting notebook, checked with our best sources, and have compiled the latest news and notes.


The summer camp circuit is a place for players to be noticed and evaluated first hand. That’s been the case over the last two weeks in Durham as several commitments and potential offerees made the trek to Duke for the various camp sessions.

Commitments Brittain Brown, Scott Bracey, and Liam Smith were all in town over the last seven days. Brown did not participate in the camp workouts, but Smith engaged in the program’s one-day camp. Bracey also went through some workouts with the coaches. All three players are considered to be solid commitments.

Smith and Bracey retained their four star status in the latest Scout 300 ranking reshuffle.

Charlotte area outside linebacker Alexander Gagnon also participated in the one day camp and his performance was such that Duke has offered him a scholarship. Gagnon is rated as the nation’s No. 63 outside linebacker in the country and second best in North Carolina by Scout and a three star prospect.

Similarly, Aaron Hansford - a three star OLB out of the Washington, DC area attended camp, but did not participate in the workouts. The same was true of three star safety Eric Burrell, and fellow three star safety Isaiah Stallings.

Four star outside linebacker Brandon Hill also made the trip to Durham to spend some time with former highs school teammate Gabe Brandner. Hill is a member of the Scout300 list along with Bracey and Smith.


There have been several unofficial visitors of late as well. It began with Prince Sammons in May and continued into June with visits from ILB Jonathan Smith (June 12th), ILB Jonathan Jones (June 12-13), and three star athlete Jacob Morgenstern visiting on June 19th.


Space is at a premium for the remaining spots in the recruiting class, and new offers are limited. However, in addition to Gagnon receiving a nod from the coaching staff there are two more players who have seen their stock rise to the point of offer and heavy pursuit.

Jonathan Jones may very well be the top linebacker on the board. The three star prospect is rated as the No. 15 inside linebacker in the country according to Scout, and he’s considering a long list of programs. However, he has a firm top five of Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Stanford.

Duke has also recently offered in-state, four star guard Landon Dickerson out of South Caldwell High in Hudson, NC. Dickerson is a member of the Scout 300, checking in at No. 190.

His offer list includes Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and most recently Alabama among others.

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