Duke is on the verge of a possibly historic recruiting class, even after Kentucky's overhaul this season. They have a commitment from Grayson Allen, a talented shooting guard who is ranked 27th in the class by ESPN. They are also in contention for Jahlil Okafor (1st), Tyus Jones (3rd), Kevon Looney (9th), Myles Turner (10th), and Justise Winslow (15th). They are going after other players; Goodluck Okonoboh, Kelly Oubre, Reid Travis, among others, but those six appear to be the strongest and highest rated Duke leans. As great as a recruiting class carrying any two, three or even four of those six would be amazing, many Duke fans expect more. I am not as confident that they will come away with a five or six man haul.
The biggest and likely first domino to fall, after Grayson Allen, is the package deal of Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones. Duke is considered the favorites, but that is not set in stone. Jahlil Okafor recently tweeted "I don't have a leader. Stop the rumors." There is plenty of speculations about that tweet, but it signifies Duke fans may need to slow down in already calling them Blue Devils. I think they will end up at Duke, but I would not be as shocked as others if they went elsewhere. If Duke ends up with Okafor and Jones, they will already have a great recruiting class. Anything after Okafor and Jones will seem like extra.
If Okafor and Jones decide to go elsewhere, Duke will have to adjust its recruiting plan. There are other guards they will look into, but none are likely. I would like to see Duke go after another four year point guard, similar to what they got in Quinn Cook. No names stand out, but Duke will likely look into potential options. There are many more options without Okafor, beginning with Myles Turner and Goodluck Okonoboh. I believe Duke will be able to bring in a top quality center for next season, after Mason Plumlee proved Duke proves Duke can use bigs and the lack of bigs they have now. Myles Turner has been slower in his college decision process and is likely to decide in the spring. That could be a great player to get and would fit Duke well, if they do not get Okafor.
The last two major players Duke will look at are forwards Justise Winslow and Kevon Looney. Both are players Duke would love to have, but are at positions Duke may not need. Their potential impacts as freshman depend on Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood, and Rasheed Sulaimon's NBA decisions. Many consider Justise Winslow to be down to Duke and Arizona, but I personally see him at Arizona. I expect Kevon Looney to come to Duke. He is down to six schools, and many have Duke being his top school. Both players would be great gets, but are no way Duke locks.
In the end, I do think Duke will have a great recruiting class consisting of Tyus Jones, Grayson Allen, Kevon Looney, Jahlil Okafor, and possibly another lesser known name (Tyus Jones' AAU teammate Reid Travis?). It is a great recruiting class that many people expect, but I would not be shocked if it went a different direction. Duke could very easily end up with a class of Grayson Allen, Justise Winslow and Myles Turner as well. There are many great options in recruiting this season, and Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor should not be the automatic leaders of a Duke recruiting class. The 2013-14 season has not even starter yet so talks about the 2014 recruiting class may need to calm down, no matter how great the class may be.