Duke 2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown, Strength, Star, What's Missing

Duke 2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown, Strength, Star, What's Missing

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Duke 2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown, Strength, Star, What's Missing


The 2018 Duke Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.


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Duke Recruiting Class Overview

It’s not a massive class, but the Blue Devils came up with a few real, live ACC starters who should be able to make/keep the team competitive in an improved ACC.

The receiving corps is solid, with three big targets starting with 6-2 Dennis Smith out of South Carolina and 6-4 Jake Bobo and 6-3 Jarett Garner to add more size to the offense. Can Gunnar Holmberg – a 6-3 pro-style passer who got away from Wake Forest – be the one to get everyone the ball in the next few years?

There wasn’t too much for the running game or offensive line, but Mataeo Durant is a nice running back prospect who could turn into a bit of a receiver.

The defense needs the few linebackers and defensive backs brought on to be more than parts of the depth chart in a few years, and there aren’t any pass rushers. However …

The Duke Class Is Heavy On …

Defensive Tackles

There’s a commitment to the defensive interior and bulking up against the run with three solid defensive tackles coming in. 6-3, 300-pound Maurice McIntyre and 6-4, 270-pound Elijah Brown are local products who’ll be factors in a few years, and …

The Star of the Duke Class Is …

DT Tahj Rice, 6-3, 285

Louisville wasn’t able to keep one of its own at home. Rice committed to Duke early last year and didn’t move, and soon he should be the anchor of the Blue Devil line. He’s a well-proportioned tackle who could be an interior pass rusher or worked as a 3-4 end.

The Duke Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …

Offensive Line

The Blue Devils need help in the secondary, and the young running backs have to step up after losing Shaun Wilson, but it’s the line that will get the most attention. Both tackles Evan Lisle and Gabe Brandner are done, and center Austin Davis has to be replaced. There isn’t much coming from this recruiting class, though, to help the cause right away.

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