And having such a high major prospect on the ledger helped give the Duke coaching staff credibility when recruiting others of similar stature.
As for his stature? Bracey is the highest rated Duke football recruit in the last 25 years.
He picked the Blue Devils over offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, and Virginia.
Projected Position: Wide Receiver
2016 Projection: With a new offensive coordinator and an off-season emphasis on taking shots down the field and upping the number of explosive plays in the passing game, it’s almost a given that a talent like Bracey will find the field early on. He’ll certainly have to prove himself capable when it comes to route running and the finer points of the receiver position (he played quarterback in high school for extended periods), but with his size, speed, and overall athleticism, it would be somewhat of a surprise if Bracey isn’t on the field in 2016.
Quotable: ”Academics were a big part of my decision and Duke is a top 10 university in the world,” said the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Bracey. “It’s also two and half hours away from me and I wanted to stay close to home.”
The Duke coaching staff played a huge role in Bracey’s decision.
”They treat me really well,” he said. “Whenever I’d go up there and visit, it was always a good vibe between them and my family. Coach (David) Cutcliffe is a real family man and it’s a family atmosphere up there.”
”I’d say I have to closest relationship with coach Boyette. He’s always honest with me and doesn’t just tell me stuff that I want to hear. He’s not going to beat around the bush with me and treats me like family.”