Welcome to national signing day, the day teams lay their foundation for years to come.
The last time we saw the Blue Devils, they were coming up just a bit short in the Chick-fil-A bowl against Texas A&M as 2013 rolled into 2014. Nationally, it served as an announcement that serious football is played in Durham.
Probably not coincidently, the two prospects with the best chance of playing next year committed after that game (two South Florida prospects, DT Edgar Cerenord and WR Trevon Lee).
Read more about those two, in addition to a few other names to know, in this story (comments from Duke coach David Cutcliffe included).
The Blue Devils’ class was nearly complete before the season began, and head coach David Cutcliffe chose to keep it that way. Cerenord and Lee are the only commits from the 2014 calendar year, and just three others from the 18-man class committed after the season began. All of the letters of intent were faxed in by 11 a.m. Wednesday.
As usual, it’s a mix of mainly three-star guys that Cutcliffe and his staff believe are diamonds in the rough. That approach has worked out well for the Blue Devils thus far (a reminder that then-freshman cornerback Bryon Fields, who played 630 snaps last year, had no other BCS offers other than Duke. And redshirt freshman cornerback DeVon Edwards, the all-American with key interceptions against N.C. State and UNC and two kickoff returns for scores, had no other Division I offers, period, when he signed in 2012).
Rivals star rankings are used below. Let it be noted, though, that the first four guys that signed Wednesday are rated as four-starts by ESPN. Duke lists all signees as either a quarterback, lineman or just a back, but I used the positions the recruiting services gave the guys to be more descriptive. More information will be added throughout the day:
***Johnathan Lloyd, ATH, 6-0, 195, Graham, N.C.
A high school quarterback from nearby Graham Southern Alamance, Lloyd joined the team for bowl practices this December. His senior year, he threw for 3,068 yards, 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for 755 yards and 11 additional scores.
Signed/Expected to sign Wednesday (guys in italics have not yet sent their letters of intent):
***Trevon Lee, WR, 6-1, 175, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Committed Feb. 3, 2014. One of the crown jewels of the recruiting class. Check out this Miami Herald Q&A video with Lee from the preseason. He chose Duke over Vanderbilt.
***Zavier Carmichael, LB, 6-0, 208, Mobile, Ala.
***Nicodem Pierre, QB, 6-2, 205, Miami, Fla.
***Shaun Wilson, RB, 5-9, 170, Charlotte, N.C.
Committed Sept. 21, 2013
***Edgar Cerenord, DT, 6-1, 290, Plantation, Fla.
Committed Jan. 19, 2014
***Trip McNeill, OL, 6-5, 300, Advance, N.C.
***Alonzo Saxton II, DB, 5-11, 170, Columbus, Ohio
***Christian Harris, OL, 6-6, 290, Suwanee, Ga.
***Zach Muniz, 5-11, 170, Saint Louis, Mo.
***Zach Harmon, OL, 6-3, 280, Toledo, Ohio
***Davis Koppenhaver, TE, 6-5, 209, Newhall, Calif.
Committed Sept. 15, 2013
***Kameron Schroeder, OL, 6-5, 270, Elk Grove, Calif.
***Tinashe Bere, LB, 6-1, 220 Cincinnati, Ohio
***Chris Taylor, WR, 6-1, 170, Miramar, Fla.
***Jake Sanders, OL, 6-5, 330, Carrollton, Ga.
**Quaven Ferguson, DT, 6-2, 305, Easley, S.C.
Committed Oct. 9, 2013
**Taariq Shabazz, DE, 6-3, 230, Kennesaw, Ga.