Recruiting Board: Cornerbacks

TDD's recruiting board tracks the prospects and offers at the CB position for Duke in '11

Current Cornerback Depth
Chris Rwabukamba, 6-0/175 - RS Senior
Johnny Williams, 6-10/190 - Junior
Randez James, 6-11/175 - RS Sophomore
Zach Greene, 6-10/170 - Sophomore
Ross Cockrell, 6-0/170 - RS Freshman
Lex Butler, 6-10/175 - RS Freshman
Taylor Sowell, 6-10/185 - RS Freshman
Quan Stevenson, 6-0/184 - Freshman

Class Strategy
Head coach David Cutcliffe finds himself with several cornerbacks on the roster, but few have real - meaningful - game experience. As such the Blue Devils appear to be taking a somewhat passive approach with the class of 2011 on the outside. The Blue Devils will be selective and will look to sign one, maybe two players to bolster the defensive backfield..

Confirmed Cornerback Offers
Jamison Crowder | Monroe (NC) Monroe
Ht/Wt: 6-9/175 | | | Pos: CB | Pos Rank: 80
Duke Interest: Very High
Duke Trips: Junior Day
Recruiting: Favors Duke and North Carolina over Clemson, Illinois, and Oregon.
Scouting Report: "He does a lot of things offensively and defensively," Monroe head football coach Johnny Sowell said. "When you have an athlete as skilled [as Crowder], people have to prepare for him. If he's on offense, you've got to know if he's playing the slot, the X or the Z, [and] how you're going to defend it. If he's on the defense, you've got to know where he's at in coverage or if we're bringing him on a blitz."

This past season, Crowder mainly played the ‘X' receiver (split end), while Isaac Blakeney, who will sign with Duke on Signing Day, lined up at ‘Y' receiver (flanker).

Nick North | Hollywood (FL) McArthur
Ht/Wt: 6-1/185 | | | Pos: S | Pos Rank: 87
Duke Interest: Medium
Duke Trips: N/A
Recruiting: Duke has offered, but the interest hasn't been returned at the same level.
Scouting Report: Playing on a talented McArthur defense last season, North was the leader. He's an ideal cornerback prospect because of his size and ability to flip his hips and cover receivers on an island. At 6-feet plus, he's big and strong enough to get real physical with opposing receivers and could even end up playing safety at the next level. He also has good ball skills and made a lot of plays in the running game as well. He lacks elite level speed but he's definitely a Div 1 prospect who should collect several offers this spring.

Demetrious Nicholson | Va. Beach (VA) Bayside
Ht/Wt: 6-10/167 | | | Pos: CB | Pos Rank: 3
Duke Interest: Medium
Duke Trips: N/A
Recruiting: Has 15 offers including one from Duke. UNC is thought to have an edge over NC State, Va Tech, and Louisville.
Scouting Report: Nicholson finished his junior season with 28 tackles, 12 pass break-ups and nine interceptions. He also had 33 catches for 850 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was named first-team All-District at both wide receiver and cornerback and has been nominated for Player of the Year.

Dominique Terrell | Manassas (VA) Osbourn Park
Ht/Wt: 6-11/180 | | | Pos: CB | Pos Rank: 23
Duke Interest: Medium
Duke Trips: N/A
Recruiting: 15 offers in hand, and hasn't begun to narrow his list down. Duke was among the first programs to extend a written offer.
Scouting Report: Terrell began his prep career at Manassas Park, where he played quarterback and in five games he threw for 641 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 412 yards and five touchdowns. He transferred to Osbourn Park where he has started at quarterback since his sophomore season.

As a sophomore, Terrell threw for 696 yards and seven touchdowns on 44-of-104 passing and rushed for 920 yards and eight scores on 107 carries. He ended his junior season with 600 yards and seven touchdowns through the air and 1,000 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

Miles Shuler | Long Branch (NJ) Long Branch
Ht/Wt: 6-10/175 | | | Pos: WR | Pos Rank: 16
Duke Interest: Medium
Duke Trips: N/A
Recruiting: Duke was the first to offer, and he's since gotten more than a dozen others. Has mentioned Duke in his last update.
Scouting Report: "I have good speed and I play with intensity. I make big plays and I'm a big finesse guy, but I can lower my shoulder too. I like contact, but I think that if I make one cut…it's over.

"I want to become more of a leader. I also want to be more physical and bulk up. I want to be around 185-pounds for my senior season and probably around 190 when I start college."

Domonique Noble | Mount Ulla (NC) West Rowan High School
Ht/Wt: 6-1/185 | | | Pos: S | Pos Rank: 47
Duke Interest: Medium
Duke Trips: N/A
Recruiting: He already holds offers from NC State, North Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Virginia, and Wisconsin, and he he has already taken visits to NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, and recently Virginia.
Scouting Report: Checking in at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Noble has outstanding size for a cornerback and could eventually grow into a safety. As a junior he totaled 72 tackles and six interceptions.

"The colleges are recruiting me as a defensive back," he said. "I think I can play cornerback or safety, it really doesn't matter to me, but if I had to say I'd like to stay at cornerback. That's what I've played for my school, and I think I'm physical for a cornerback and have good size with my height."

Terrell Chestnut | Pottstown (PA) Pottsgrove
Ht/Wt: 6-10/178 | | | Pos: S | Pos Rank: 29
Duke Interest: Low
Duke Trips: N/A
Recruiting: Has 15 offers but hasn't mentioned the Blue Devils in the last four interviews.
Scouting Report: As a junior, Chestnut was 43 of 60 for 503 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He carried the ball 174 times for 995 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also passed for 505 yards and eight more scores. On defense, he had 91 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He says he can bench 265-pounds, squat 370 and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

Nick Waisome | Groveland (FL) South Lake
Ht/Wt: 6-10/170 | | | Pos: CB | Pos Rank: 8
Duke Interest: Low
Duke Trips: N/A
Recruiting: Not a big fan of the recruiting process, he has offers from all the BCS blueblood and hopes to have a decision out of the way before the end of the summer. Don't expect Duke to make his final list of five due out in a few weeks
Scouting Report: "I can pass block and I'm great with man-to-man coverage. I move well and can knock a receiver off his route. I also have good closing speed and can find the ball well when it's in the air.

| Washington (DC) Howard D. Woodson High School
Ht/Wt: / | | | Pos: | Pos Rank:
Duke Interest: High
Duke Trips: January Visit
Recruiting: Duke was the first school to offer Harrington, who has since been very high on the Blue Devils. He is also hearing from Boston College, Maryland, Pitt, and Virginia.
Scouting Report: As a sophomore, Harrington caught 19 passes for 300 yards.

He runs the short shuttle in 3.98 seconds, has a 36-inch vertical leap and carries a 3.5 core GPA.

Jabriel Washington | Jackson (TN) Trinity Christian Academy
Ht/Wt: 6-11/165 | | | Pos: CB | Pos Rank: 19
Duke Interest: Committed to Alabama
Duke Trips: N/A
Recruiting: Committed to Alabama and says he's finished with recruiting
Scouting Report: Washington is a versatile athlete that could play wide receiver, safety, or corner on the next level. What he can do at his size will likely land him at corner. He is long, he has good feet, he has good hips, and he could be that bigger corner schools look for. He has hands of a receiver too, so that will be a bonus. Getting stronger and adding weight along with fine tuning his press coverage skills are things he needs to work on. - Chad Simmons

Still On The Board
Calvin Hunter | Charlotte (NC) Zebulon B. Vance High School | |
Jeremy Reynolds | Greensboro (NC) Dudley Senior High School | |
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu | Chino Hills (CA) Chino Hills High School | |
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