It isn't often you can look back at a 62-13 loss and say something positive happened, but Duke is doing that nearly a week later.
Thanks to the big-time atmosphere provided by the defending National Champions, the Blue Devils were able to get the first of what they hope is many commitments from recruits who attended the game.
It is being reported via twitter http://twitter.com/cacchio21, that Cody Robinson, a three star offensive lineman from McMinnville, TN has chosen to play for Duke.
Robinson was many of many recruits who attended the Duke-Albama game Sept. 18th. In front of the largest crowd in Wallace Wade Stadium since 1994.
The atmosphere of a big time game apparently was enough to sway Robinson, a 6'2", 306lb lineman from Warren County High School.
Robinson had been considering several schools including Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Tulane among others.
He is currently the 24th commitment for the class of 2011 for Duke. He was rated the No. 15 offensive guard by Rivals and the No. 5 prospect from the state of Tennessee.
Coach David Cutcliffe, who has deep roots in the state of Tennessee from his time coaching in Knoxville continues to work to upgrade Duke's talent.
When people question why Duke would agree to play sacrificial lamb to a team like Alabama, part of it is for the exposure to help them lure recruits who might be attracted to the chance to play on a big stage.
And while a three star recruit may not be that appealing to bigger programs, as Cutcliffe expands his recruiting net, he is beginning to establish a foot hold in areas known for prospects which only bodes well for the future.