Huge Recruiting Weekend For Duke

Now that the season has come to an end, the Blue Devils can turn their full attentions towards recruiting. Under previous coaching regimes this was never a big time priority, however this year head coach Ted Roof has already secured what may be the best Duke class in the last decade. This weekend Roof and company host nine players, all of whom could change the fortunes in Durham.

The key for any big recruiting class is to make sure that all the players coming in quickly develop chemistry. With that in mind, Roof will be mixing a group of committed players and big time prospects in hopes of adding a few crown jewels to this year's class.

Prospects On Campus:

Vince Oghobaase, 6'6, 310, DT: Rated as a five star prospect, the No. 5 defensive tackle, and No. 45 prospect overall in the nation, Oghobaase is potentially the biggest recruit in Blue Devil history. That's been a big part of the coaching staff's pitch so far.

"Obviously Duke has to take a different approach than some of the other schools, they are really looking at me as somebody who could be a cornerstone of what they are trying to build down there as far as their program."

Stats: 96 tackles, 28 solo, 9 sacks. Weight room-numbers: Bench: 355, Squat: 505, Power clean: 320.

Scouting Report: Big, physical imposing defensive tackle prospect. In the Rod Wright mold and from the same high school.

Academics: 3.6 GPA/1020 SAT.

Oghobaase: "I'm a great run stuffer. I stuff the middle like no one else. I move linemen like rag dolls. I'm not at my top potential yet, so I'll be getting even better. I want to get quicker and improve my footwork."

LINK: Prospect Video Highlights

Marcus Jones, 6'5, 220lbs, WR: Jones has flown under the radar for much of high high school career after several moves and transfers. However he is considered on par with Oghobaase as a player who would be a crown jewel of this recruiting class.

In short he's a phenomenal athlete who played both quarterback and receiver as a senior in high school – when he wasn't making rounds at three other positions, something his assistant coach says is the norm.

"He's an incredible talent and athlete," said Southeast Whitfield assistant coach Jason Keller. "This year he played quarterback for us, but he's also played receiver, linebacker, safety, and he returns kicks. He's just too good an athlete for us not to have him on the field as much as humanly possible."

If that's not good enough, Jones is also a tremendous baseball player as well.

"There's a chance he could be drafted out of high school, but I think he'll go to school," said Keller.

He's just as good off the field, maintaining a 3.3 GPA and has already scored a 23 on the ACT.

When asked for a top five, Jones told ""I won't say them in order but my top five are Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Duke and Texas A&M"

Anderson Russell, 6'0, 205lbs RB: Rated as a three star running back/safety, Russell has long named the Blue Devils among his top two. He is also rated as one of the top 100 players in the state of Georgia.

"Right now I'd have to say my top two are Ohio State, and Duke," said Atlanta Marist School (GA) standout Russell. "Both have offered me a scholarship, and I've also got offers from Furhman, and Middle Tennessee State."

After visiting Furman in mid November, Russell set up his trip to Duke this weekend and will be looking to visit the Buckeyes in late December.

Scouting Report: Anderson Russell runs with good power and determination. He is an unselfish player who puts the needs of the team first. Russell could get a look at safety but will most likely project as a running back.

Patrick Kuntz, 6'4, 255lbs DT: Kuntz, another three star prospect, and the No. 49 offensive tackle/defensive end in the country, and one of the Midwest's top 100 prospects.

The Duke visit will be the first of several travel weekends for the big Indiana native.

"I'm going to take official visits to Louisville (1/7), Michigan State (12/17), Indiana (12/10) and Duke (12/3)," said Kuntz, who attended the Purdue - Michigan game this past weekend. "I'm not sure where I'll take my last visit to, but it will probably be to Notre Dame, Purdue or Northwestern."

However the Blue Devils will be coming from an underdog role in this one.

"I really got a good feeling on my trip to Michigan State and I also really like Louisville. They're tied as my leaders right now," Kunz told

During his senior season, Kuntz set a school record with 25.5 sacks. He maintains a 3.4 GPA and has qualified with his standardized test score.

Antwan Murchinson, 6'5 225lbs TE: Another virtual unknown, Murchison has flown under the radar after playing for Pinecrest High, a relatively weak football program.

A two sport star in football and basketball (where he plays power forward), Murchison has tremendous athletic ability and projects as either a pass catching tight end or defensive end.

Committed Players On Campus:

Clifford Respress, 6'4, 240lbs DE: Respress committed to Duke back on September 20th with little warning. Rated as a three star prospect, and the No. 38 defensive end in the nation, the Barnesville, GA native is still being heavily courted by Auburn among other programs.

"I haven't really seen the campus as a whole. I have seen the athletic facilities and I have seen the athletic complex a couple of times," Respress told of the Tigers. "It is nice and I believe it is going to be a real nice campus. I am pretty sure an Auburn degree could help me along in life just as much as a Duke degree, but a Duke degree is still a Duke degree."

"I talked to (offensive line) Coach (Hugh) Nall, my recruiting coach," Respress notes. "He talked to me a little bit. I think he wants me to come for an official in January. I am still committed to Duke. But, I know I am coming to Auburn and that is pretty solid as a visit."

When he committed, Respress had yet to visit Duke either unofficially or officially. That will change this weekend.

Re'quan Boyette, 5'11, 185lbs RB: Boyette was another recruiting coup for Roof, committing in July despite reported offers from N.C. State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, among others, with interest from every school in ACC and most of the SEC.

Rated as the No. 60 running back in the country, Boyette had a successful senior campaign forFike High School, while earning an invite to the Shrine Bowl.

"My goal was to get 1500 yards and 20 touchdowns, but that came second to my team's goals. They have helped me get where I am. I never really set the Shrine Bowl as a goal, but it's because of my team and their success that I got picked. I'm pretty excited about it."

LINK: Prospect Video Highlights

Raphael Chestnut, 6'2, 190lbs WR: Chestnutt was a virtual unknown to just about every program in the country when he showed up to camp this summer in Durham. Shortly afterwards he earned a Duke offer and committed on the spot.

Possessing strong hands and a 4.45 forty time, Chestnutt is expected to contribute early in his Duke career.

LINK: Prospect Video Highlights

Kris Stubbs, 6'2, 200lbs WR: Another of the big receivers being recruited by Roof, Stubbs hales from Lake Wood High School in Florida.

After receiving late interest from a number of local schools, including offers from Florida and Auburn, Stubbs chose the Blue Devils and enters the program recruited as an ‘athlete', meaning he could fill any number of positions from wide out to either free or strong safety.

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