Meet The New Devils 2016 - Elijah Deveaux

Get to know the newest Blue Devils as we go player-by-player in the recruiting class of 2016 with analysis, projections, videos, and more.

Recruiting Recap: The three star running back was the second commitment of the class, and the first from North Carolina. After starting his reign in Durham with a heavy, heavy emphasis on in-state talent, head coach David Cutcliffe had missed on local talent by and large for more than a year.

Deveaux reversed some of that momentum.

He picked Duke over offers from NC State, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech on Friday afternoon. Other schools in the mix included North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Boston College.

Projected Position: Runningback

2016 Projection: While Duke would love to redshirt both Deveaux and Brittain Brown, the reality is that running back health is always a moving target. Accordingly, it’s likely that Duke’s coaching staff will take a look at playing one of the two backs. Both are big and strong runners, and both could challenge to be the third back behind Jela Duncan and Shaun Wilson. And could be higher on the depth chart depending on how the coaches use Wilson (i.e. getting him into space and running him in the slot or otherwise)

The variables will be the health of Joseph Ajeigbe who could never find his form after a number of early, nagging injuries in 2015 and how well Nico Pierre settles in as a full-time runningback.

Quotable: “I like the education at Duke,” said the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Deveaux. “I also really like (running back) coach (Re’quan) Boyette. He’s young, energetic and played at Duke. They’re also a team on the rise, coming off that ACC Coastal Championship.”

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