Several Blue Devils Crack State Rankings

Several Blue Devil recruiting prospects find themselves improving in the various state rankings which were released on Tuesday afternoon by's team of regional and national recruiting experts.

:: In Arkansas wide receiver Josh Trezvant checks in as the No. 13 overall prospect - the same ranking he achieved before the season kicked off. In addition to his state ranking, Josh remains a three star prospect.

:: At home in North Carolina, the Blue Devils recruiting ranks got some good news and some bad news. The positive was the jump from No.49 to No.39 in the state by LB Justin Wilkerson. The bad was the drop out of the top 50 by AC Reynolds LB Adam Banks. Meanwhile Lenoir's Damian Thornton remained No. 50.

:: Duke is well represented in the New England Top 15 as well. DE/LB Eriks Reks checks in as the No. 10 player in the region while offensive tackles Chris Shannon and John Needham are rated as the region's number 12 and 13 prospects. Shannon was also bumped up to a three star prospect and is considered the nation's No. 75 offensive tackle.

:: A traditional power feeder for the Blue Devils under head coach Ted Roof has been Georiga. After not being ranked in the early season, WR Austin Kelly of South Cobb High entered the rankings as the state's No. 69 overall prospect.

:: Perhaps the best athlete in the class, Maryland's Danny Parker, plays tight end and projects as a big time player in Duke's passing attack down the road. Parker received a bump up to a three start prospect, the No. 45 overall TE in the nation, and is now rated as the No. 21 overall prospect in the state of Maryland.

:: After torching all of his opponents as a senior in New York, Duke's Tony Jackson saw his rating go up to a three star prospect. He's also considered the state's seventh best player according to Scout and the nation's 48th best CB prospect.

:: The talent rich state of Florida has long been known as one of the best places to build a program. Duke has had reasonable success in the state over the last few season, and this year added offensive tackle Kyle Hill to the list. Hill, who has also been bumped up to a three star prospect and the nation's No.48 rated prospect at that position, is considered the 65th overall prospect in the talent rich state.

:: Ohio's Charlie Hatcher had been rated a three start prospect throughout the season, but was downgraded to two stars recently. Still, the big defensive end checked in as the state's No. 49 overall player.

Future Blue Devils who attended prep school over the last year (including players such as Garrett Utt, Cameron and Colin Jones, and Bryan Morgan) are not eligible to be included in the various state rankings. During the 2006 recruiting season, however, Morgan was rated as a three star prospect and has maintained that ranking in 2007. He has also been tabbed as the nation's No. 22 overall center.

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