On-field results give Duke recruiting a boost

Duke football’s improved play on the field has it among the ACC teams regularly competing in bowl games.

The way the Blue Devils are recruiting, they are setting themselves up to challenge for Coastal Division championships annually as well.

The class of recruits that arrived on campus this month was ranked No. 28 nationally and No. 4 in the ACC. That’s far and away the best class Duke has attracted in decades.

Looking at ESPN rankings, the class included seven 4-star players and 14 3-star players among the 21 signees. Impact players like wide receiver Scott Bracey, safety Dylan Singleton and kicker A.J. Reed are set to play regularly for the Blue Devils this fall.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe is thrilled with the entire group.

“I think they’re all pure gold,” Cutcliffe said last spring. “You plan to win and you win and recruiting goes up at the same time. I think we’re ahead of schedule.”

It’s clear that prospects are starting to look at the Blue Devils’ program. But when did that trend start? To find out for free, sign up for basic access to ACCSports.com.