All 18 committed recruits sent in their signed National Letter of Intent on Wednesday as a part of National Signing Day. The class of 2014 is set and will be the highest rated recruiting class in the David Cutcliffe Era of Duke Football.
The Blue Devils have a lot of players returning to the program after a very successful 2013 campaign, hence the small class size. While the incoming freshmen may be small in numbers, they are big in talent.
Duke will be bringing in four, four star recruits (as rated by ESPN). Wide Receiver Trevon Lee, the highest ranked prospect of the incoming class just committed to the Blue Devils on Monday evening. He will be joined by fellow four star prospects Quarterback Nicodem Pierre, Running Back Shaun Wilson from Charlotte, North Carolina, and Linebacker Zavier Carmichael from Alabama. Every member of the Class of 2014 is at least, a three star recruit, by ESPN's standards.
Lee and Pierre, along with Defensive Tackle Edgar Cerenord and Wide Receiver Chris Taylor, round out a very talented group of players all from the state of Florida, an area Duke has recruited well in recent years. Former players and record setters Donovan Varner, Conner Vernon, and NFL Quarterback Thad Lewis are hail from the Sunshine State. The new Blue Devils will make for thirteen Florida natives on the roster.
Athlete Johnathan Lloyd from Graham, North Carolina is the only early enrollee in the class and will be participating in Spring Practice, which starts this Friday, February 7.
The class features eight offensive and defensive linemen, clearly a focus of the coaching staff as the team is set to lose several starters on both lines over the next couple of seasons. While the main focus of the recruiting class was building the lines, the Blue Devils signed at least one player at each position to make for a well rounded group of prospects.
It will remain unknown until fall practice gets going if any of the incoming freshmen will see much time on the field in 2014. The Blue Devils return a lot of talented starters, as well as a promising core of reserves ready to contribute next season. Trevon Lee, Edgar Cerenord, and Shaun Wilson seem to be the most likely to see action this fall.