4-star LB Humphreys highlights Duke’s class

Duke’s 2015 expected commitments

Pos. Player Rivals Size From
LB Ben Humphreys 4 stars 6-3, 203 Santa Ana, Calf.
OL Zach Baker 3 stars 6-4, 266 Green Cove Springs, Fla.
DT Brandon Boyce 3 stars 5-10, 259 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
WR Keyston Fuller 3 stars 5-11, 174 Griffin, Ga.
LB Joe Giles-Harris 3 stars 6-2, 210 Montvale, N.J.
QB Quentin Harris 3 stars 6-0, 175 Watertown, Conn.
DB Jordan Hayes 3 stars 6-0, 175 Loganville, Ga.
DB Jeremy McDuffie 3 stars 5-11, 169 Snellville, Ga.
DE Trevon McSwain 3 stars 6-6, 223 Suwanee, Ga.
DE Zach Morris 3 stars 6-4, 256 Ringgold, Ga.
DE Marquies Price 3 stars 6-6, 220 Fort Valley, Ga.
WR T.J. Rahming 3 stars 5-9, 160 Powder Springs, Ga.
OL Reno Rosene 3 stars 6-7, 325 Westlake Village, Calif.
WR Aaron Young 3 stars 6-3, 185 Murrieta, Calf.
DB Brandon Feamster 2 stars 6-3, 210 Exton, Pa.
DE Twazanga Mugala 2 stars 6-3, 215 Charlotte, N.C.
K Austin Parker 2 stars 6-1, 170 Mt. Pleasant, N.C.

Class size: 17

Class rank (Rivals.com): 59th nationally, 12th ACC

Other than running back – currently the deepest position on the roster – the Blue Devils addressed every position across the board. Ben Humphreys, an Army All-American, is the crown jewel of the class, but there are other names to learn right away as well. Wide receiver T.J. Rahming also participated in the Army All-American game. Both Rahming and wide receiver Keyston Fuller could compete for playing time this fall, as the Blue Devils lack proven receivers.

Best player: Ben Humphreys, LB, only 4-star, Army All-American

Humphreys, along with Rahming, is the first David Cutcliffe recruit at Duke to participate in the Army all-American game (rising senior kicker Ross Martin and offensive lineman Dave Harding, who graduated in 2013, played in the Under Armour all-American game). Humphreys, who hails from Mater Dei High outside of Los Angeles, has the frame and strength coaches want to see in an outside linebacker (he also played wide receiver in high school). Based on Duke’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme, Humphreys could be groomed to inherit the dominant linebacker mantel currently held by Kelby Brown.

Biggest need filled: With Jamison Crowder gone, Duke lacks any established playmakers at wide receiver. With Rahming and Fuller, they have two guys that can compete for snaps right away, or at least push the incumbent receivers in practice. Defensive line will always be a position of need for Duke – it’s hardest to recruit guys with the ideal size and strength, in addition to the required academic profile, for that position. The Blue Devils signed more defensive linemen (five) than any other position.

The ones that got away: As the Blue Devils become more competitive in recruiting, the same pitfalls that plague other programs come into play. Schools don’t stop recruiting prospects once they give a verbal commitment, and Duke lost two of its highest-ranked players before signing day. Four-star tight end and Under Armour all-American Tyler Petite flipped to his hometown Southern California Trojans in mid-December. And Tuesday, 3-star wide receiver Flynn Nagel opted to stay closer to home and flipped to Northwestern.

Laura Keeley