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Recruiting goes national

Elite recruits are spurning top in-state schools more than ever before

Updated: January 23, 2014, 9:50 PM ET
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN.com

Among its top four 2013 recruits, Duke signed one apiece from Florida, California and Texas. In all, the Blue Devils snagged nine of their top 13 recruits from the trio of hotbed states.

Yes, the same Duke that won the ACC Coastal Division in 2013 and pushed Johnny Football to the brink on New Year's Eve.

The connection is clear.

David Cutcliffe, venerable coach of the Blue Devils, has waited three decades for recruiting borders to open into the talent-rich states. ...

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