2016 Duke Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Duke Recruiting Class: It’s one of Duke’s best recruiting classes in a long, long time, with enough ACC talent to be more than just a plucky competitive team.

    February 1, 2016

    2016 Duke Recruiting Class: It’s one of Duke’s best recruiting classes in a long, long time, with enough ACC talent to be more than just a plucky competitive team.

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    Duke Football Recruiting Class Overview

    It’s a phenomenal class by most standards, but for Duke it’s at a whole other level. The coaching staff did a killer job or loading up with lots and lots of terrific above-average prospects, and while there might not be any five-star types, there are several four-stars and plenty of real, live ACC talents ready to make the program a real player.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Offensive linemen. The defensive got several good defensive backs, and there were several nice prospects for several spots, but it’s the O line that’s getting the big push led by 6-5, 265-pound tackle Liam Smith with tremendous upside once he hits the weights. Throw in guards Julian Santos and Jaylen Miller, the Blue Devils might have their blockers to work around three years from now.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    WR Scott Bracey, 6-2, 190 – In this offense, who doesn’t want to play wide receiver? Duke got a tremendous safety prospect in Dylan Singleton, and a terrific linebacker in Brandon Hill, but it’s Bracey who was the best get after getting offers from Clemson, Ohio State, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, and plenty of other big names. He’s a good-sized, smooth-as-silk No. 1 target to eventually work the passing game around.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    The kicking game. With eight starters returning on defense and enough offensive talent back to be fine, the Blue Devils don’t have any glaring needs other than on special teams. The Blue Devils lost kicker Ross Martin and punter Will Monday, and now there’s a big opening at the two key spots. A.J. Reed is a top kicker being brought in to contend for the starting job right away, while it’ll be a battle for the punting gig.

    2016 Duke Football Recruiting Class

    Mark Birmingham TE 6-4 235 Ashburn, Va. Briar Woods
    Scott Bracey WR 6-2 200 Richmond, Va. Benedictine
    Brittain Brown RB 6-1 195 Canton, Ga. Cherokee
    Elijah Deveaux RB 6-0 225 Waxhaw, N.C. Charlotte Christian
    Xander Gagnon LB 6-3 225 Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte Catholic
    Mark Gilbert DB 6-1 175 Fayetteville, N.C. Terry Sanford
    Brandon Hill LB 6-3 220 Orangeburg, S.C. Heathwood Hall Episcopal
    James Hornbuckle-Smith DL 6-4 235 Murray, Ky. Murray
    Myles Hudzick DB 5-10 165 Reston, Va. Bishop O’Connell
    Javon Jackson DB 5-11 180 Tyrone, Ga. Sandy Creek
    Robert Kraeling OL 6-7 270 Bishop, Ga. Prince Avenue Christian
    Terrell Lucas DL 6-3 230 Hollywood, Fla. Miramar
    Jaylen Miller OL 6-3 315 Jacksonville, Fla. Providence
    Jacob Morgenstern DB 6-3 215 New Canaan, Conn. St. Luke’s School
    Chidi Okonya DL 6-6 220 Riverdale, Ga. Riverdale
    Koby Quansah LB 6-1 220 Manchester, Conn. Kingswood-Oxford School
    AJ Reed K 5-11 175 Prattville, Ala. Prattville
    Julian Santos OL 6-3 315 East Lake, Fla. East Lake
    Dylan Singleton DB 5-11 190 Lawrenceville, Ga. Archer
    Liam Smith OL 6-4 270 Little Silver, N.J. Red Bank Catholic
    Antone Williams DB 5-11 175 Atlanta, Ga. Woodward Academy

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