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Duke signs 22 players in the Class of 2017

“This class, in my opinion, is the most physical class we’ve signed yet” - David Cutcliffe

DURHAM - The Blue Devils recently signed 22 players in the class of 2017, headlined by prospects Drew Jordan, who followed his brother to Durham, and safety Damani Neal

http://www.scout.com/player/194455-damani-neal

For the most part, this class has been wrapped since last summer. 

“The average number of days this class was committed was 221 days,” Cutcliffe said. “So here’s what happened—we develop great relationships with coaches. Most importantly, this is an incredible group of young men. They became teammates. They’re so committed to each other.” - David Cutcliffe

Jordan and Neal head for Durham with the talent to anchor the defense for the next few years. Jordan in particular can play multiple positions which fits the scheme of defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. 

Other bright spots in the class are TE Jake Marwede who could have played for Nick Saban, and DE Victor Dimukeje, who chose Duke over Virginia Tech and Michigan State. 

Though the class was set for a while, the Blue Devils were able to hold off Notre Dame and Ohio State for the services of a couple young men. Running back Deon Jackson received a late offer from Notre Dame, but opted to stick with Duke. Wide receiver Damond Johnson received late interest from Ohio State, but held firm with the Blue Devils Wednesday after becoming the first player to commit to the class February. 

http://www.scout.com/player/202205-deon-jackson

http://www.scout.com/player/205559-damond-johnson

“When I got to campus I was thinking ‘Wow this is beautiful, and looks like a great academic school’.  But, the thing that stood out the most was the way they care about the athlete’s career in the classroom, and the way they’re about family.  That’s something I can be around forever.” - Damond Johnson

After a tough year on special teams the Blue Devils opted to bring in several kickers to compete with incumbent AJ Reed. Who connected on just three attempts last season. Cutcliffe has indicated the job is "open" and told freshman Jackson Hubbard to come in ready to compete. 

Duke begins spring practice today. 


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