Another Big Recruiting Weekend Looms

As National Signing Day approaches, the Blue Devil coaching staff is hosting yet another big recruiting weekend with five confirmed prospects making their way to Durham to meet with head coach David Cutcliffe and his staff.

Several committed players will be in attendance over the weekend led by Duke verbal Jay Hollingsworth.

Louisville verbal commitment, Ryan Wallace (6'5, 230, 4.8) - a three star prospects rated as the nation's #45 tight end prospect according to Scout. Wallace, who verbaled to the Cardinals in late December, has offers from Duke, Cincinnati, Colorado, Kentucky, Rutgers, Stanford, and Wake Forest

As a junior he hauled in 22 catches for 325 yards. This season, Wallace caught 48 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns. He also improved in the weight room where he benches 290 pounds, squats 400 pounds and jumps a 30-inch vertical. His classroom numbers are equally impressive with a 3.7 GPA and a 23 on the ACT.

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Another previously committed player will also be making the trip this weekend as Tulane linebacker commit Trent Mackey (5'9, 210, 4.6) visits.

Rated as a two star prospect, but one of the top linebackers in the state of Louisiana, Mackey had an outstanding junior year with 161 total tackles and 12 sacks from his middle spot and he was rewarded with Class 5A First Team All-State honors. He followed that up with another decorated senior season where he earned 1st Team Class 5A All-State and MVP honors on the defensive side of the ball with 103 tackles, 5 sacks & 13 TFLs.

Though he lacks ideal size, it's hard to discount his numbers both on the field and in the combine circuit where he was clocked running a 4.48 forty over the summer and he put together a 4.37 three cone drill while jumping 31" in the vertical jump test. It was certainly good enough to gain offers from Ole Miss and UL-Lafayette before his pick of the Green Wave.

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Uncommitted South Carolina standout Devin Taylor (6'6, 212, will also be on campus this weekend.

Taylor, who also stars on the Beaufort basketball team, racked up 80 tackles, 3 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 11 tackles for loss as a junior. He holds a 3.5 GPA and holds offers from Kentucky, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

A member of the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team, Taylor has the ability to play either defensive end or outside linebacker - a change he made for the annual all-star game.

"I like [playing OLB] because I'm able to drop back in coverage and play a little bit on the receiver," Taylor told Scout at the Shrine Bowl. "But I'm still able to go in and rush the quarterback sometimes."

Taylor, who would like to major in engineering, is primarily focused on academics when making his final decision.

"It's all about academics. The graduation rate for athletes and if they receive their degrees. Also, I want to know how the athletes are treated during their freshmen with things like study hall."

As a junior, Taylor amassed 80 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, and 3 forced fumbles for Beaufort High School.

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The fifth prospect confirmed to visit is Alabama wide receiver Matthew Gordon (6'1, 195, 4.55).

Gordon recorded 50 tackles as a junior and led Briarwood in pass break-ups his sophomore and junior season. He recorded four interceptions returning three for touchdowns. He blocked three punts, forced two fumbles and had two fumble recoveries as well.

Gordon had a 29.8 yard kick-off return average and returned one 95 yards for a touchdown. He went 31-of-31 PATs for the season and was 6-of-8 in field goals - good enough to be named First Team All-County defensive back and Honorable Mention All-Metro defensive back.

Currently he holds offers from Air Force, Furman, Samford, and Mississippi State. The offer from MSU appeared to signal a pending commit, but that didn't happen and Gordon decided to take some official visits instead of committing to the Bulldogs.

"I told Coach Cheese that I would like to take an official visit there," said Gordon. "He said he would get back with me and let me know. I could tell that he wanted me to commit. He was real nice about everything, but I could tell that it wasn't what he was expecting."

Gordon hopes no bridges have been burned, but he understands if they have. Matthew's time frame for a decision did not match what the Bulldogs had planned.

"I just want to make the best decision for me," said Matthew. "I think last week I put too much pressure on myself and everything happened so fast. I just need a few days to kind of settle down and not think about all of this for a while. I didn't want to make a decision based on emotion. I was on an emotional roller coaster all week last week."

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