Duke will host four committed prospects, and four players who could help round out the recruiting class were they to offer commitments. Below are the players in town, and an outline of their visits:
Wide receiver Terrence Alls committed to Duke in August. He picked the Blue Devils over Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and West Virginia. He's remained committed to the Blue Devils throughout the season, and will now make his official visit with eyes on Signing Day.
He visited Duke in late June, and apparently that was enough to do the trick for the Blue Devils.
"After looking back and comparing everything from the other visits, I felt like Duke was the best fit for me academically and athletically. Their offensive scheme, and what they are building was the main reason."
Alls will be hosted by his future quarterback, Thomas Sirk.
The most recent commit will also be on campus. Phillip Carter, a 6'1, 195 pound safety from Folsom (Calif.) High, picked Duke over San Jose State, and the majority of the Ivy League schools on January 4th.
Projected as a safety in Durham, Carter will be hosted by Corbin McCarthy. He plans to major in Civil Engineering.
Defensive lineman Mike Ramsay, a 6-foot-3 260 pounder who runs a 4.8 forty, will also be on campus.
Ramsay was being recruited by Duke, Yale, Georgia, and Virginia. He had offers from Navy, Georgia State, and Furman. After camping in Durham, however, the first BCS offer came and it was the last one he needed.
"Coach Cutcliffe offered me personally [at camp]. The first coach to contact me in this process was Coach Petri. When I had a chance to call the coaches [to commit] they were both really excited and welcomed me to Duke."
That commitment came on the heels of a visit and camp session in Durham.
"That was the big thing for me. When I was there I felt that I did very well and impressed a lot of the coaches with my performance. I felt like I really showed my talent level and skill set."
Ramsay is being projected as a defensive tackle, and he'll be hosted by Sydney Sarmiento.
The fourth and final commit on campus is Monroe High's Quay Chambers. Chambers may be making his official visit on one of the final weekends, but he was the program's first commit from 2013. He was being recruited as a quarterback and wide receiver depending on the school.
"I was being recruited by North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, and UNC Charlotte. Duke was my first offer and they made me feel like they really wanted me. The coaching staff was a really big part of my decision. They made me feel like I belonged."
Chambers was no stranger to Duke, having visited several times before. However, today was the day he had a real chance to sit down and really discuss things with the coaching staff.
"I had a chance to talk with Coach Cutcliffe, Coach Lubick, and the others. When that first offer was coming I really thought I'd wait it out, but the more I talked to them the more I felt like there was no point to. The more I visited and the more I saw the program up close, the more I knew."
Chambers is projected as a receiver at Duke. He'll be hosted by the coaching staff, and will arrive on Friday afternoon.
The state of Nevada has been good to Duke on the recruiting trail of late, and this weekend is no difference as Las Vegas area prospect Elijah George will make his way to Durham.
George, a 6-foot-6, 260 pound offensive linemen who runs a sub 5.0 forty, has offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Oregon State, SMU, San Diego State, and UNLV. He has been recruited and offered by Duke every since the Spring, and has maintained the Blue Devils among his list of top suitors.
A potential engineering major, George will be hosted by current starting guard Laken Tomlinson. He is projected as an OL at Duke.
Another Nevada prospect will also make a trip this weekend when New Mexico commit Ryan Smith flies into to be hosted his former Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gordon teammate, Shaquille Powell.
Smith, who committed to New Mexico in mid-December, has offers from Duke, and Utah State as well. He is described as an explosive slot receiver, and a true home-run threat. As National analyst Greg Biggins tells it:
"Smith is undersized at 5-7, 170 pounds but he’s elusive in the open field and knows how to find the end zone. As a junior, he caught 37 balls for 1,041 yards (28.1 ave.) and 16 touchdowns."
Jumping from the Southwestern US to the Southeastern, Duke will host Alabama ATH Kylen Towner. The multi-talented prospect from Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's Episcopal played offense, defense, and returned kicks for his team over the last two years.
“He quickness is unbelievable,” says St. Paul’s head coach Jimmy Perry. “He is getting some letters from colleges. He is a little bit short, but he has got what you can’t coach--speed and quickness.”
Towner was unofficially clocked at under 4.4 seconds in a 40-yard dash run at a Southern Miss football camp this past summer.
Towner will be hosted by Jela Duncan.
Fourth on the list is three star cornerback Deondre Singleton out of Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer High. Singleton has offers from Duke, Penn State, and Appalachain State.
Singleton has developed a relationship with Blue Devils head coach Dave Cutcliffe, who led his team to a 6-6 season before dropping the Belk Bowl to Cincinnati Dec. 27, 48-34.
“Duke has shown more interest as of late, and they are a great school that can provide a great education,” Singleton said. “Coach Cutcliffe is a great coach, and I feel it's very worth taking a visit there.”
Projected as a safety, Singleton will be hosted by Garett Patterson.