4-Star DT Tahj Rice Commits To Duke Blue Devils

    Four-star defensive tackle Tahj Rice committed to Duke on Tuesday morning, giving the Blue Devils five total pledges in the 2018 recruiting class.

    March 14, 2017

    Four-star defensive tackle Tahj Rice committed to Duke on Tuesday morning, giving the Blue Devils five total pledges in the 2018 recruiting class. 


    Usually, when it comes to Duke landing a highly-touted recruit, we’re referring to the hardwood. But Blue Devils head men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski wasn’t involved in this move.

    On Tuesday morning, 4-star defensive tackle Tahj Rice committed to Duke over Louisville, Oregon, USC and Virginia Tech in a video through the Courier-Journal.

    The Louisville, KY, native is ranked as the No. 15 defensive tackle and No. 176 overall player in the country. He’s also the No. 1 player at his position in the Bluegrass State.

    In the video, Rice takes on a similar persona to that of Clark Kent. And as other superheroes — sporting gear from the Cardinals, Ducks, Trojans and Hokies — fail to rescue a damsel in distress, Rice shows up, does the classic Superman uniform unveil, proudly displays his Duke shirt and saves her. It was certainly a unique way to announce a commitment.

    With the addition of Rice, David Cutcliffe’s Blue Devils now have five total pledges in the cycle and have moved up to No. 20 in the 2018 recruiting class rankings. They are also ranked No. 4 among ACC teams in the recruiting rankings. Miami stands at No. 2 overall, Clemson sits at No. 6 and Florida State is ranked at No. 7.

    Duke is coming off of a solid 2017 recruiting class, as Cutcliffe and Co. put together a haul that was ranked above fellow ACC members Virginia, NC State, Boston College and Wake Forest.

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