Duke brought in a solid recruiting class consisting of 18 players including 15 players rated as three star or better. Now, midway through the team’s preseason camp, a handful of the newcomers are pushing for a chance to play as a true freshman. A trio of Georgia products are leading the way.
Perhaps the most likely to play this season is WR T.J. Rahming, the 5-foot-9, 165 pound slot receiver who saw a number of reps with the first team offense during the first scrimmage. Possessing elite speed and quickness, Rahming will most likely find a role in both the slot and special teams portion of the games.
On the defensive side of the ball, freshman defensive end Marquies Price is also fighting to play this season. Price enrolled at Duke in January and, as one source put it, “has done everything right since arriving on campus”. Included in that description is adding 15 pounds of muscle while maintaining his first step.
With Duke continuing to search for a consistent pass rush from the outside, and creating the new “Devil” hybrid position, Price has reportedly impressed enough to be in the conversation to avoid a redshirt in 2015.
The third player to generate a preseason buzz is CB Jeremy McDuffie who has recovered from a senior year injury and is back at full strength. Health was the primary question regarding McDuffie coming out of high school, and with it answered, the 5-foot-11, 170 pound defensive back has impressed enough to, like the other two, be in consideration to play in 2015.
“He’s a guy who has done well, and will likely see an increased role this year,” said one source of McDuffie. Given that Duke has one of the best secondaries in the conference, that’s saying a lot.