Which parts of Duke’s 2017 class are the coaches most excited about?

Duke honed in on the players it wanted early in the 2017 recruiting cycle and, for the most part, landed them.

Blue Devil coach David Cutcliffe brought 24 players to campus for official visits; 22 of them signed with the program.

A pair of 4-star players — quarterback Jack Sears of San Clemente, Calif., and linebacker Ellis Brooks of Richmond, Va. — committed to Duke last summer before reneging. Sears landed at Southern Cal, while Brooks is with Penn State.

But their departures didn’t squash Cutcliffe’s enthusiasm about Duke’s 2017 class, which landed in the top 50 to give Duke two consecutive classes ranked that highly.

“Part of that is the coaches we have doing a great job with selection and building the right group of people,” Cutcliffe said. “Part of that is a credit to the integrity and the character of these young men. They knew who they were and where they wanted to be and stayed committed not only to Duke football but to each other.”

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