Monday, February 3, 2014
Duke lands first ESPN 300 commitment
By Jared Shanker
Duke secured the biggest commitment of the David Cutcliffe era, if not the school's biggest commitment of the last few decades.
The Blue Devils landed ESPN 300 receiver Trevon Lee (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) on Monday. Lee committed on Miami radio station WQAM 560.
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.