Duke trying to prevent Big Ten powerhouse from flipping longtime Blue Devil pledge

With Signing Day approaching quickly, Duke is working hard to hold on to a solid class while also adding a few final pieces.

Two of Duke’s incoming players, quarterback Chris Katrenick and safety Marquis Waters, enrolled for the spring semester in January. They’ll both be able to participate in spring practice, which begins for Duke on Feb. 3.

The Blue Devils class is ranked No. 41 nationally and No. 8 in the ACC, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, as the 2017 cycle winds down.

Duke added another defensive lineman to the group when Victor Dimukeje, a 3-star defensive tackle from Baltimore, committed last Thursday. He picked the Devils over Maryland and Virginia Tech after visiting Duke’s campus on Jan. 20.

Also this month, Duke coach David Cutcliffe added a pair of walk-on kickers as he looks for options following A.J. Reed’s awful freshman season. Reed made just three of 10 field-goal attempts.

Jackson Hubbard, a 6-4, 180-pound kicker from Dallas, Texas, announced Jan. 20 he was coming to Duke as a walk-on. On Saturday, Jack Driggers announced he was joining the Blue Devils, too.

Driggers, from Tallahassee, Fla., had earlier agreed to join South Carolina as a walk-on before changing his mind to join Duke’s kicking derby.

Winning the Blue Devils’ kicking job would eventually mean a scholarship could be coming to Hubbard or Driggers.

While adding those three players, the Blue Devils are trying to fend off one powerhouse program from stealing one of their longtime commitments. Who is that player?

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