Close the Book On Padgett

Like a bad day time soap opera, the recruitment of Travis Padgett has seen many unexpected plot twists over the last few weeks. After committing to Duke in early June, the 5-foot-10, 180 pound speedster seemed to be set. However that was just the beginning of a process that ended over the weekend.

Travis Padgett, who originally told that he was set on being a Blue Devil, had opened his recruitment back up in August. While that's not unheard of when it comes big time recruiting, what was odd was the circumstances surrounding his change of heart.

When interviewed in June he told TDD:

"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." [link]

However, in late August, Padgett decided that he not only wanted to re-open his recruitment, but that he had never committed to Duke. And that the reports to that effect were "a misunderstanding".

South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Georgia Tech appear to be the leaders for his services at this point in time, but he maintains he's still looking at Duke. However, sources inform TDD that head coach Ted Roof has rescinded any and all scholarship offers to the Crest standout, preferring to concentrate on other prospects in the class of 2005.

With one of the top rated running backs on the recruiting board already in tow in the form of Re'quan Boyette, the Blue Devils will most likely look to add one more in the class.

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