Blue Devils Welcoming Over 150 Prospects

The annual spring game kicks off on Saturday and while the current Blue Devils will be working hard on the field, the Duke coaching staff will be working hard all weekend as they welcome more than 160 prospects to Wallace Wade Stadium.

Continuing their recent trend of heavily recruiting in-state, the Duke coaches will welcome around 50 players from the Old North State, but a small departure from that strategy appears to be occurring. Several players for the North east and beyond will be heading to Durham. Below we outline some of the top players expected to attend.

As a junior, Joseph Blackwell carried the ball 204 times for 1230 yards and 12 touchdowns for Gambrills (Md.) Arundel High. He also caught 23 passes for 270 yards and six more scores on his way to second-team All-County honors. Blackwell carries a 4.0 GPA in the classroom and has interest from Syracuse, North Carolina, and Vanderbilt.

Pennsylvania LB Brandon Cottom of Council Rock High has already named Rutgers as his leader, but is looking forward to the visit this weekend. Rutgers, Syracuse and Duke each offered, and Pittsburgh Connecticut, Purdue, Maryland and West Virginia are all showing strong interest.

Offensive tackle C.J. Bray is without question a kid with great size and tremendous upside. Last fall was his first year playing varsity football and Bray without question turned out to be one of the better contributors on both sides of the ball for his team. In '09 Bray registered 40 tackles, 8TFL, and 3 PBUs.

Charleston (S.C.) wide receiver Bo Patterson (6'1, 185) has been clocked at 4.5 in the forty and has reported offers from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Stanford, TCU, and Vanderbilt.

Maryland area defensive tackle Kendall Patterson (6'3, 275) has interest from Boston College, California, Cincinnati, Clemson, Duke, Illinois, Marshall, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.

Knoxville Catholic quarterback Mike Wegzyn, a 6'5, 210 pound prospect has an offer from Buffalo and interest from a host of schools up and down the east coast.

Ian Brandt tallied up 88 tackles on the defensive side of the ball for Rock Hill (S.C.) Westminster Catawba in '09. Offensively, the 6-5 target caught 15 passes for 100 yards and scored 1 touchdown

Fayetteville (N.C.) Terry Sanford middle linebacker Nick Broussard will also be in the house. The 6', 210 pounder has reported interest from Duke, ECU, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

OLB Zach Carter was the team's second leading tackler in '08 with 115 stops. He also received Honorable Mention All-Area Honors for Richburg (S.C.) Lewisville High.

Linebacker Brandon Chubb (6'0, 230) has a familiar last name to one fan base. His father was a starting Defensive end and Linebacker for the University of Georgia in the late 1980's. Currently Chubb has heavy interest from Georgia, South Carolina, UAB, UCF, and Virginia.

Alex Cole, a 5'10, 170 pound receiver out of Maryland who claims interest from Auburn, Clemson, Maryland, and Texas A&M.

Arlington (Ind.) junior Ralston Evans will also be in town with offers from Indiana and Buffalo with interest from Cincinnati, Iowa, Nebraska, and UCLA> Evans measures out at 6'4, 265 pounds.

Jairon Harrison - a 6'3, 315 pound offensive lineman out of Charleston (S.C.) has interest from Illinois, North Carolina, and Georgia Tech.

Washington (D.C.) three star signal caller Kevin Hogan claims offers from Maryland, Rutgers, Duke, Virginia, and Boston College. As a junior, Hogan completed 135 of 220 passes for 1,875 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also ran 45 times for 370 yards and two scores.

Marco Jones, a 6'3 245 pound defensive end from The Boys Latin School in Baltimore has offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Louisville, and Maryland.

Florida QB Jake Kistel completed 61% of his passes on the way to 2,015 yards and 16 TDs on his way to All-Area honors as a junior.

Tennessee OT/DT Brandon Miller (6'5, 280) has interest from several SEC schools early on.

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