5-foot-11 / 180 pounds
Columbus (OH) / Bishop Hartley
Saxton was one of the members of the class of 2014 who avoided a redshirt season. The Ohio native appeared in eight games before a shoulder injury against Pittsburgh ended his year prematurely. In those eight games he recorded 12 tackles and one pass breakup.
After recovering from the injury, Saxton began to challenge for additional consideration at cornerback behind Bryon Fields during the spring and offseason. He was named as one of the most improved players after spring drills concluded.
After pushing for additional time throughout the Spring, Saxton got his chance to play with the 1s after Fields suffered a preseason injury. Saxton has maintained his position with the starters through the first half of camp, and we’d not bet against him being the starting cornerback opposite of Breon Borders when Duke kicks off against Tulane.
How he ended up in Durham
Saxton chose Duke over offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Navy, Northwestern, Purdue, Toledo, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
"I had so many great offers, but Duke was just the best choice for me. When I visited there, I just got the best vibes and I could see myself there for the next four years. I talked to their great coaching staff a lot, and spent time with the players."
"It's a program on the rise for sure, and they accomplished a lot making a bowl game last season," he added. "I feel like there are great things happening there. I was there with my grandfather, and he loved it as well. He's a hard person to impress."
"My family values education so much, so this means even more to all of us,' he explained. "The academic reputation of Duke speaks for itself, and it sets me up to succeed in life, long after football is over."
High School Highlights
Four-year letterman at Bishop Hartley under Brad Burchfield ...helped team to four-year record of 50-6 with four state playoff berths including two appearances in the state championship game ... Ohio Division V first team all-state and defensive player of the year pick in 2013 ... posted nine interceptions as a senior ... also participated in track and field. [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]