In addition to the Blue Devils' early interest, Exum reports offers from Syracuse, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia with heavy interest from schools such as Purdue, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Michigan. With so many high major options representing the last few decades of dominanace in college football, it would be easy to discount Cutcliffe's chances of reeling in such a big time player. But, the Blue Devil head coach hasn't been deterred so far.
"The coaching staff down there is going to make them into a consistent winner. Coach Cutcliffe has a really impressive resume when it comes to developing quarterbacks and getting them to the highest levels. That's how he sees me - as a quarterback, which is something that is attractive. He's also been a winner wherever he's been - at Ole Miss and at Tennessee. I know Duke doesn't have the same level of prestige as some of the other programs, but they have a lot of other impressive aspects."
It is those differences that Cutcliffe appears to be championing instead of avoiding as he continues to recruit Exum.
"One thing that makes Duke different is that they haven't been on top in a while. Sometimes it's easy to look away because of that, but with Duke you can go in and get an education that is in the top 10 in the country, and you can help them establish the program as a winner. That could be a lot more fulfilling that just keeping a tradition going. It just depends on how you look at it."
With so many programs continually throwing their hat into the arena, Exum admits that a decision may be pushed back more and more.
"I would like to have the decision behind me before the start of my senior season. I am listening to all the schools who are showing interest and then offering me. The more who do means more information to process and think about, and at some point you have to start moving forward. But I've got some time right now."
During his junior season Exum reports accounting for approximately 1600 yards (900 passing and 700 rushing) and a combined 25 touchdowns. Equally as impressive is his classroom performance where he maintains a 3.5 grade point average.