Duke Recruiting Haul Shows In State Rankings

Though nothing in the recruiting world is ever final until signing day, the Duke coaching staff's group of committed athletes are beginning to be ranked by the Scout.com staff of experts on a state-by-state basis. Check out how the current haul ranks through the first two releases.

With 19 players currently verbal committed to Duke, there is little room remaining in the class of 2010. And, there is a heavy local flavor when looking at that list of commitments.

For starters, nine players are in-state prospects led by Brandon Braxton - a three star receiver from Charlotte. Braxton is the highest rated future Blue Devil in the just released North Carolina Top 30 - checking in as the No. 16 prospect in the state.

Runningback Josh Snead is the next highest rated player at No. 22 in the state while outside linebacker Kelby Brown is considered the state's No. 28 overall prospect.

On the recruiting trail, former Duke commit Darius Lipford is considered the state's 18th best prospect.

Former targets also dot the list of top in-state prospects led by No. 5 Tony Creecy (NC State), and No. 7 Kareem Martin (North Carolina). Other players who appeared on the Duke radar include No. 15 Prince Shembo (Notre Dame), and No. 29 Tra Thomas (Clemson).

Just north in Virginia, the Blue Devils are represented in the "Virginia 30" by DE Jamal Wallace who is ranked as the state's 24th best player.

On the opposite coast of the country Duke is represented in the California Top 100 by QB Brandon Connette who is considered the Golden state's No. 82 overall prospect.

On average the 19 Duke verbal commitments have achieved a star average of 2.37. This average is based on 18 players being ranked with one player, Slidell (La.) guard Alex Hill, having yet to be evaluated.

Eight of the 19 players are considered three star recruits by the Scout.com's team of analysts. The class is currently ranked as 11th in the conference and 66th in the country.

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