When it comes to recruiting, the Duke Blue Devils have never been close to a recruiting juggernaut. Even preceding last year’s success (winning the ACC Coastal division and giving the Texas A&M Aggies all they could handle during bowl season), the Blue Devils were always somewhere behind their conference peers when it came to the recruiting rankings.
The 2014 class was the best in recent memory for Duke. It finished 58th nationally and 13th in the ACC, according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings. In the years before, they finished 70th/11th, 62nd/12th and 62nd/11th nationally and compared to the current 14-team ACC (including the Louisville Cardinals but not the Maryland Terrapins).
Duke got off to another slow start with the class of 2015, but after four recent commitments, suddenly the Blue Devils’ class looks pretty solid. Their top recruit so far, offensive lineman Reno Rosene, is a three-star prospect and selected Duke over offers from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, among others.
The other recent commitments came from wide receiver Flynn Nagel, quarterback Quentin Harris and linebacker Joe Giles-Harris. All three are three-star prospects.
Duke’s 2015 class currently ranks 36th nationally and 7th in the ACC. Of course, there is a long way to go until signing day, so nothing is guaranteed. But for now, it looks like the Blue Devils are beginning to turn their on-the-field success into recruiting success. It’s just more reason to think that the Blue Devils will not be returning to the bottom of the ACC standings any time soon.