FB Forecast: LB Ben Humphreys

The top rated prospect in the in-coming recruiting class has drawn positive reviews from teammates all over the field, but will it be enough to get him into the game as a true freshman?

Ben Humphreys


6-foot-2 / 210 pounds

High School:
Santa Ana (CA) / Mater Dei



2014 Review
Was a four-star recruit and a member of the Scout 300, making him the highest rated recruit the Blue Devils had pulled in since Vince Oghobasse. *****

2015 Preview
Humphrey is getting most of his snaps with the third team defense, though has taken some with twos as well in camp. He’s been singled out by both defensive linemen, fellow linebackers, defensive backs, and a few offensive players as one of the younger players who has performed well in camp to this point. *****

TDD Projection
The common theme heard when Ben Humphreys is described by his teammates is “instinctual”. A player who is a good athlete, but who has an incredibly high football IQ and who makes plays all over the field. Simply put, there’s always a place for that on the field - especially in Duke’s 4-2-5 scheme. As with any freshman, the preference would be to redshirt, and that’s the path Duke’s hoping to take with Humphreys, but he’s also the kind of player who will make the decision tough, and when he does finally get on the field - either this year or next - it’s going to be a situation where a position is likely locked down for the duration of his career.


How he ended up in Durham
Humphreys visited Duke over the summer and picked the Blue Devils in July over a slew of offers including Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Miami, Nebraska, Oregon State, Washington, Wisconsin, and others.

Following the commitment the Blue Devils had to fight off west coast teams - particularly the Washington Huskies who continued to recruit Humphreys well into the fall. By the time the US Army game rosters were out, the rest of the country had backed off and things had completely solidified. Along the way he had raised his stock and very nearly made his way into the list of the 100 best prospects in the country regardless of position. At the USAA game we asked him about upping Duke’s profile.

“It’s been fun, coming out and representing my team,” said Humphreys. “It’s awesome down here. It’s a whole new level. After we got adjusted in the first practice, once we got in to it, it was fun.”


High School Highlights
Three-year letterwinner at Mater Dei High School under coach Bruce Rollison ... consensus top-25 outside linebacker nationally ... listed as the No. 9 outside linebacker by Scout.com…appeared on the Scout300 list at No. 126…selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after senior year and finished with three tackles, all for lost yardage, a 21-yard INT returned for a TD, a forced fumble and subsequent 11-yard return ...during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl banquet, received the Glenn Davis Award, which is given annually to the player of the West team at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl who best epitomizes the U.S. Army’s high standards of excellence in community service, education and athletic excellence ... received American Family Insurance All-California Team honors as a senior after carding 75 tackles with four INTs and two forced fumbles ... on offense, caught 30 passes for 500 yards and nine TDs ... helped the Monarchs to a 9-3 overall record and trip to the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Pac-5 playoffs ... [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]

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