Duke Football 2011 Signing Day Breakdown: Blue Devils Net 20 Commitments

Mike KlineAnalyst IFebruary 3, 2011

Duke Football 2011 Signing Day Breakdown: Blue Devils Net 20 Commitments

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    DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach David Cutcliffe of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Wallace Wade Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    While Duke didn't have any huge commitments on signing day, the Blue Devils' recruiting haul continues to address the need coach David Cutcliffe has for speed.

    A majority of the signees are only 3-star and potentially off the radar of many of the top programs in the country.

    The hope that is with coaching, and improved strength, these players will be contributors down the line in the efforts to build and establish a winning program in Durham.

    Here is a look at the players Cutcliffe and his staff will be bringing in during the fall of 2011.

Matt Skura, OL

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    The 6'3", 265 lb. Skura is a 3-star prospect from Columbus, OH.

    He is expected over time to help add size and depth to the offensive line.

Sam Marshall, DL

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    Marshall is a big boy, something the Blue Devils desperately need on the defensive side of the football.

    At 6'8" and 250 lbs, Marshall, a 2-star recruit from Fredericksburg, VA should add depth and much-needed size to a defensive line that got pushed around last year.

Lucas Fisher, DE

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    Coach David Cutcliffe has always made recruiting North Carolina a priority, and he did well again in 2011.

    Fisher a 6'3", 244 lb. defensive end was an all-conference performer in high school and was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

Britton Grier, LB

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    Grier is another North Carolina prospect who should add some speed to the defense at the linebacker position.

    The Charlotte native helped lead his team to three state playoff berths. He will need to pick up a little weight while maintaining speed though.

Mario Sanders, DE

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    Duke snagged Sanders a 6'4", 215 lb. defensive end, south of the border.

    The South Carolina prospect adds to a number of line prospects that Cutcliffe managed to sign to the class of 2011.

David Helton, LB

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    Cutcliffe strolled into his old stomping grounds to sign David Helton from Chattanooga, TN.

    The 6'3", 226 lb. linebacker, is a 3-star recruit who adds even more depth to the defensive side of the ball, a priority in this class.

Lucas Patrick, OL

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    Sticking in Tennessee, Cutcliffe brought in another offensive line in the way of Lucas Patrick.

    The 3-star, 6'3" 280 lb. lineman will add depth once he picks up more strength.

Jamison Crowder, WR

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    The Duke offense has had luck with undersized receivers who have speed and run strong routes.

    That is what the Blue Devil coaching staff is hoping for from Jamison Crowder, a 3-star receiver from Monroe, NC.

Carson Ginn, OL

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    The Blue Devils add an all-conference and all-county 2-star recruit to the offensive line depth.

    Carson Ginn, from Belmont, NC helped South Point High School win the State 3-AA Championship in 2009.

Will Monday, K

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    Will Monday will have a year to sit and learn behind current place kicker Will Snyderwine, a Lou Groza Award nominee in 2010.

    Monday a 2-star recruit from Georgia will hopefully stabilize the kicking game, which was a major weakness before David Cutcliffe arrived in Durham.

Kyler Brown, DE

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    Blood is thicker than water and perhaps Duke had an advantage in landing Kyler Brown who joins his older brother Kelby Brown.

    Brown was an all-state selection in 2010 has good height at 6'5" but needs to pick up just a few more pounds of muscle.

Marcus Aprahamian, OL

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    Duke went to the upper Midwest to sign Marcus Aprahamian, a 3-star offensive lineman from Brookfield, WI.

    Another lineman should mean more depth down the road, which has been something that has plagued the Devils since Cutcliffe's arrival.

Tim Burton, DB

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    Duke went back to Florida to sign defensive back Tim Burton, who surely will bring some speed to the defensive backfield down the line.

    That secondary looked awful at times, and depending on how certain players develop, it wouldn't be surprising to see Burton play during his freshman year if he isn't redshirted.

Cody Robinson, OL

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    If you haven't sensed a theme is this recruiting class you aren't paying attention. Robinson another prospect from the state of Tennessee adds another lineman to the Blue Devil's class.

    At 6'2" and more than 300 lbs, Robinson will probably need some body sculpting before he sees time on the field, but down the road should add another big body up front for the Duke O-line.

Nick Hill, WR

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    The Blue Devils again go to Tennessee, but this time they come away with a more prototypical wide receiver in Nick Hill.

    Hill, who stands more than six feet tall, was an all-state prospect, who will add to the stable of receivers who are becoming increasingly attracted to a building Duke program.

Chris Tavarez, DB

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    The 3-star defensive back from Atlanta chose Duke, and given the weakness in the Blue Devil's secondary, you never know if he may contribute early.

    At more than six feet, he adds some height in the defensive backfield, which should come in handy when defending taller wide receivers and tight ends.

David Reeves, TE

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    Another position that is becoming more increasingly attractive at Duke is the tight end.

    David Cutcliffe and offensive coordinator Kurt Roper love to use the tight end in the passing game. In a few years it would not be surprising to see Reeves become a big target for the Blue Devil's quarterbacks.

Jared Boyd, DB

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    Duke added another 3-star defensive back to the roster showing that the Blue Devils were truly committed to improving the defense, one of the worst in the ACC in 2010.

Blair Holliday, LB

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    Blair Holliday is Duke's only recruit from California in the class of 2011 showing Duke's willingness to stretch its normal recruiting pipe lines.

    Holliday, a 3-star linebacker, gives the Blue Devils another linebacker with height, but will still need to add some size.

Jon Woodruff, LB

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    Woodruff didn't sign on signing day, mainly because he has already arrived and enrolled at Duke.

    Following the trend that is growing among incoming college football players, Woodruff will get a chance to participate in spring practice, which will give him an advantage over some of the younger incoming freshman linebacker prospects.