While most of America was paying homage and enjoying the holiday weekend, the Duke coaching staff was hard at work on the recruiting trail. By Monday afternoon the Blue Devils had added three players to the recruiting class.
On Friday Duke pulled in a commitment from South Carolina defensive back Lummie Young who chose the Blue Devils over the in-state Gamecocks, California, NC State, Miami (Ohio), Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest among others.
Young is a 6-foot-2, 190 pound prospect out of Anderson (S.C.) Westside High School who played safety as a junior, but who has the frame and potential to grow into an outside or weak side linebacker in Durham.
Next up for Duke was the commitment of Georgia standout athlete Joshua Blackwell on Sunday afternoon.
Blackwell chose Duke over more than 20 other suitors and claimed offers from Georgia Tech, Michigan State, North Carolina, Penn State, Northwestern, Louisville, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia among others.
So what was it about Duke’s recruiting pitch that prompted the decision?
“I made the decision because I felt if football didn't work out which school would give me the best opportunity to succeed,” said Blackwell. “Coach Faris was a guy who offered me first and stayed with me through it all.
Blackwell could play either safety or running back for Duke, and says he doesn’t really have a preference as to where he ends up being slotted.
If two commitments over the weekend were good, then Monday’s announcement made it all the better as three star Texas wide receiver Gavin Holmes announced his decision as well.
"I just felt Duke was my fit, and I felt if for some reason football doesn't work out for me in the long run, Duke will best set me up to succeed in life."
He picked Duke over Wisconsin, Boise State, Iowa, Kansas, Utah, and many others.
Holmes was reeled in when he took an unofficial visit to see the campus in Durham, N.C. They do not have anything like it in Texas.
"The Duke offer was big for me, I loved my visit when i went up there a few weeks ago, and the offer was the cherry on top," Holmes informed.
"The campus is amazing. It kind of reminds me of like the medieval era. Everything looks like a castle... It's beautiful!"
As a junior, Holmes caught 59 passes for 830 yards and eight touchdowns, while also rushing for 110 yards on just 10 carries. He was one of the fastest prospects at The Opening Dallas, posting a 4.43 40-yard dash.
He’ll continue as a receiver in Durham.
With the three additions to the recruiting class the Blue Devils now have a total of 11 commitments in the class. While Holmes is rated as a three star prospect, neither Young nor Blackwell have been evaluated by the Scout.com national team at this time. However, based on industry averages, each projects as a three star prospect.