The Roof is on Fire -- Devils Land In State Stud

Coach Ted Roof has kicked off his first full recruiting class with a bang. The Blue Devils' 2005 commitment list currently includes eight prospects. But wait a minute, you can only name seven.

Coach Ted Roof has kicked off his first full recruiting class with a bang. The Blue Devils' 2005 commitment list currently includes eight prospects. But wait a minute, you can only name seven.

"Yes I committed, a while back," stated Shelby (N.C.) Crest running back Travis Padgett. "When I did it, they said do I want to make it public or did I want to wait. I said I wanted to wait. I just kind of wanted to wait until football season had started, but it's solid. I mean I'm not going to change my mind about it. That's where I really want to go."

Padgett made his decision during his unofficial visit to Duke during the Blue Devils' Junior Day. Following a campus tour and a Duke Basketball game, the 5-foot-7, 172-pounder who claims a legit 4.38-second forty-yard dash time, told the coaching staff of his decision.

"After the game, I pulled them to the side and started talking to them about how I felt about Duke," remarked Padgett who choose the Blue Devils over offers from South Carolina and Georgia Tech. "I liked everything about Duke and I just think I'll be at home there."

With his recruitment all but wrapped up, Padgett shifts his focus to helping Crest repeat as North Carolina 3A State Champions.

"We just started our summer workouts this week on Monday," Padgett said. "We got a lot of returning starters come back, so we pretty much should repeat again, I feel like we will anyway."

Padgett skipped last football season to concentrate on track. However, Padgett still has two seasons under is belt after stepping in for injured senior running back Phillip Shaw in his freshman year. During his sophomore campaign, Padgett racked in 1,426 yards and 15 touchdowns on only 158 carries (9.0-yard average).


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