Expert Opinion: Duke in 2004

In a shortened recruiting period due to uncertainty surrounding the head coaching position, the Blue Devils managed to put together one of the best Duke recruiting classes in recent memory thanks to the effort of new head coach Ted Roof and staff. <I></I> went to the experts for their opinion of the Duke haul in 2004.

TDD had a chance to speak with Jamie Newberg who heads up the National Recruiting Network for to get his opinions of the Duke recruiting class in a Q&A format.

TDD: Overall, how would you rate this recruiting class for Duke?

Newberg: I think Ted Roof and his staff did an outstanding job. To me, this was their best class in years. They loaded up on the offensive line and they got some fine athletes.

I think this is a sign of things to come for Duke football. They finished the season strong and it carried over into recruiting.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Duke recruiting was coach Roof getting eight commitments while he was still the interim head coach. That never happens anywhere and that shows you how good this guy is.

How would you compare it relative to the rest of the new ACC?

The thing about Duke is that they normally finish in the bottom fourth of the national team rankings among the 117 teams. I think it's safe to say this is a top 50 class in the country and to me, that shows a HUGE jump from where they normally are.

And lets remember, he wasn't named the head coach until December. As far as the ultra-competitive ACC is concerned they are in the lower third of the rankings.

Who in the class do you think will have an immediate impact? Who's a sleeper to watch?

I think anyone of the skilled players could impact the program quickly next season, especially wide receivers Chancellor Young and Corey Thompson and safety Chris Davis.

The sleeper of the group could be Justin Boyle. He is a terrific back that can run, catch and block and is also an outstanding LB.

As you said, Coach Roof and his staff had a shortened time to recruit. Considering that how did they do all things considered? What can we look forward to moving forward?

Considering all that happened with the Duke program I think Ted Roof and his staff did an excellent job. I would give their effort a solid "B". I expect big things from them and wait and see what happens when they start winning.

Who are two prospects that got away which would have been big ‘gets'?

Two prospects that got away - Anthony Kimble (WR, Stanford signee) and Neil Brown (DT, Auburn signee). Lets face it, Duke needs athletes and DLs and that's what they lost in Kimble and Brown.

What positions do you think Duke will concentrate their efforts on in the next class?

I think Quarterback, Defensive Line and more athletes will be Duke's big needs next recruiting season.

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