Lee, who is ranked No. 235 in the ESPN 300, took an official visit to Duke over the weekend and hosted Cutcliffe for an in-home visit last week. The full-court press from Duke just a week before national signing day was enough to secure Lee from Vanderbilt, the school that finished as runner-up.
Since the inception of the ESPN rankings in 2006, the Blue Devils have never signed an ESPN 150 or ESPN 300 recruit. Four-star commit Nicodem Pierre was in the original 2014 ESPN 300 but dropped from the rankings during the season.
In the 2014 class, Duke has four commitments rated as four-star prospects. Between 2010 and 2013, Duke’s only four-star signee was a kicker.
The Blue Devils are making significant gains in the talent-rich area of south Florida. Three-star Edgar Cerenord (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) was recruited by several BCS schools before committing to Duke in late January. Pierre is from Miami, and three-star receiver Chris Taylor hails from Fort Lauderdale.
The 5-foot-11, 168-pound receiver is a natural at the position, his scouting report states. His on-field intelligence should suit him well at a program like Duke and with a coach like Cutcliffe, who runs a sophisticated offense, one of the ACC’s best.
With 18 commitments, Duke is pushing toward a top-40 class as signing day nears.