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Blue Devil coaching staff hits the road.

The Duke coaching staff is on the road working to firm up commitments in the 2017 class. A class that currently ranks inside the top 50

With national signing day just around the corner the Duke coaching staff will be on the road the next few days with several prospects in the 2017 Class. Starting today with Jacob Rimmer, a 6'7" 260 lb Offensive lineman from Milan, Tennessee. Rimmer committed to play for the Blue Devils last May amidst overtures from the SEC.

“There was really no recruiting pitch.  They just let the facts and the visit speak for themselves.  My mom and I went to Junior Day and as soon as we walked in, we knew Duke is where I belonged."

He was recently honored as the All-West Tennessee Lineman of the Year after a senior season in which he allowed no sacks. 

On Friday Duke will visit another offensive lineman from the Volunteer State. Patrick Leitten, a 6'7" 250 lb tackle from Brentwood. Scout's own Chad Simmons had this to say about the three-star prospect.  

  “As a technician, he is strong, and maybe advanced for an offensive tackle at his age. He is strong in pass sets and he has a good base. He just needs to continue adding strength and mass to his frame. He has the length, his reach is there, and he is an offensive tackle who still needs time to develop his body. He has solid punch and his is very smart.”

The staff will continue touring SEC country Saturday with two stops in Georgia. First they'll check in on three-star running back Joshua Blackwell,

 Blackwell chose the Blue Devils over a slew of high major offers including Georgia Tech, Michigan State, North Carolina, Penn State, Northwestern, Louisville, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia among others.  They'll conclude Saturday with a stop in Loganville, Georgia to see Grayson High standout Will Taylor

Taylor is the top ranked center in the state and is very firm in his commitment to Duke. 

The week concludes on Sunday with visits to see South Paulding High standout Michael Carter II

"I liked when they would always say that I should make a 40 year decision, not just a 4 year decision. I always thought about that every time I went up there and to other schools. It reminded me that it’s not just about the now with this decision, it’s about the future too, it’s about the rest of your life too."

 and Tyrone, GA native Marvin Hubbard. Hubbard, a three-star running back helped Sandy Creek High School to an 8-4 record and a spot in the state playoffs. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry during his senior season. 

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