Following last week's canceled recruiting visits due to weather, the Blue Devils are hosting a quartet of commits this weekend.
One of the biggest commitments in the class was that of four star safety Dylan Singleton who is ranked as the nation’s No. 9 safety. Singleton picked Duke over Georgia, Georgia, Tech, Kentucky, Ohio State, and South Carolina.
Ten months ago, in March of 2015, Duke landed four star outside linebacker Brandon Hill over offers from Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
The 6-foot-3, 215 pound rising senior is considered the best linebacker in South Carolina, and the 10th best outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com. He’s also ranked as the nation’s No. 258 overall prospect regardless of position.
Simply put, it’s a huge commitment for the Blue Devils in the class of 2016. So how do the coaches envision using Hill? As another talented outside linebacker who can cover a lot of ground.
"All the coaches I've talked to like the way I play that position. They see my length and the way I move, but they also have told me that I need to keep getting bigger, faster, and stronger. They see me playing around 230 pounds when I'm ready."
College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy cornerback Antone Williams committed to Duke over a year ago, becoming the fourth member of the class. Williams credited Coach Derek Jones for building such a strong early relationship. “Duke had kind of been my favorite for a while,” said Williams of his December decision. “And I decided to end it early.” Williams chose the Blue Devils over Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Kentucky, Syracuse, Rutgers, and Wake Forest. All but Wisconsin had come forward with an offer and Ohio State was also heavily recruiting the 5-foot-11, 160 pound defensive back.
Alexander Gagnon committed to Duke nearly eight months ago and hasn't looked back. The three-star linebacker, who is participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and projects as a potential early impact player in Durham.
He chose the Blue Devils over offers from Illinois, Missouri, NC State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia among others.