Cutcliffe Sets Visit With Alabama Prospect

When he was hired as the Blue Devils' head coach, David Cutcliffe told reporters that the next few weeks were going to be extremely busy as he continued to prepare the Tennessee Volunteers for their New Year's Day Bowl game, while also establishing the new regime at Duke. Apparently Cutcliffe has been burning a good deal of midnight oil - especially on the recruiting trail.

Duke received some bad news a week ago when Nigel Nicholas decided to renounce his commitment to the Blue Devil program in favor of Oklahoma State. In an effort to rekindle some positive recruiting momentum, Coach Cutcliffe has been reaching out to each and every Duke commit, while also evaluating some established Blue Devil prospects such as Alabama safety Seandre Richardson.

"RIght now you could say I have three really good options," says Richardson. "Duke, Clemson, and Vanderbilt have all really been recruiting me hard, and I'm going to look at each of them with an open mind. After that I'll make a decision from those three."

The Blue Devils have long been pursuing the 6'2, 180lbs prospect, but the recent coaching change may have prevented an early commitment, and allowed the Commodores and Tigers to jump in with both feet. Still, as soon as Duke hired Cutcliffe, the new coach was immediately reaching out to the talented Richardson.

"Whenever there is a coaching change, it's something you need to look at. But Coach Cutcliffe called to tell me all about him and what Duke was going to be doing, and to just make sure I was still interested in coming for a visit to see everything first hand. I'll be going up there on January 11th, to see it all. Then I'll go to Clemson the next week."

Richardson, who also has offers from Mississippi State and Troy, played both receiver and safety for Linden (Ala.) High this season, but projects as a safety at the next level.

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