With Mychal Parker's verbal commitment, Coach Gary Williams is putting together some talent with the Class of 2010. Parker, ranked number 55 by scout.com, joins Terrance Ross (62) and Terrell Stoglin. Maryland is still in the running for Tobias Harris, C.J. Leslie, Roscoe Smith and Damontre Harris.
This Fayetteville Observer listing of the Top 50 prep football players in North Carolina is from last week, but a quick look at the names and schools they are considering shows the Duke Blue Devils continuing to improve their standing with in-state talent. Ten of the fifty players are either considering Duke or have already committed to the Blue Devils. Go Duke has posted a synopsis of today's public scrimmage. Freshman running back Desmond Scott had a nice day.
Boston College ran a 100 play practice that featured a sputtering offense. This Boston Globe article states, "Fumbles, sacks, and dropped passes were all on the play chart." The article also contains a breakdown of the ACC's bowl game deals.
In Atlanta, Coach Paul Johnson, in discussing Georgia Tech's Friday scrimmage, stated, "There were some guys who already took the weekend off before we got out there." This AJC article, has a brief look back at Duke's 2003 victory over the Ramblin' Wreck.
Injuries along the defensive line are becoming a concern for the Miami Hurricanes. Defensive ends Eric Moncur, Gavin Hardin, and Adewale Ojomo are all limited. The details are available from the Miami Herald.
Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden is optimistic about the upcoming season. In this article, from the Tallahassee Democrat, Bowden asks, "How close are we being to where we were in the '90s?" Click the link to read his answer.
Clemson wide receiver Jacoby Ford has been named to the Fred Biletnikoff watch list.
|Austin Rivers||Winter Park (Winter Park, Fla.)||PG||2011||No. 2, ESPNU Super 60||9|
|CJ Leslie||Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.)||PF||2010||No. 9, ESPNU 100||15|
|Cory Joseph||Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)||PG||2010||No. 30, ESPNU 100||2|
|DaJuan Coleman||Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.)||PF||2012||No. 1, ESPNU Terrific 25||0|
|Dion Waiters||Life Center (Burlington, N.J.)||SG||2010||No. 14, ESPNU 100||15|
|Doron Lamb||Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)||SG||2010||No. 33, ESPNU 100||23|
|Harrison Barnes||Ames (Ames, Iowa)||SG||2010||No. 1, ESPNU 100||18|
|Jared Sullinger||Northland (Columbus, Ohio)||PF||2010||No. 2, ESPNU 100||8|
|Joe Jackson||White Station (Memphis, Tenn.)||PG||2010||No. 21, ESPNU 100||10|
|Josh Selby||Lake Clifton (Baltimore, Md.)||PG||2010||No. 8, ESPNU 100||18|
|Josh Smith||Kentwood (Covington, Wash.)||C||2010||No. 10, ESPNU 100||4|
|Kendall Marshall||Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.)||PG||2010||No. 19, ESPNU 100||2|
|Kyrie Irving||St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.)||PG||2010||No. 6, ESPNU 100||16|
|Myck Kabongo||St. Benedict’s (Newark, N.J.)||PG||2011||No. 14, ESPNU Super 60||16|
|Perry Ellis||Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.)||PF||2012||No. 2, ESPNU Terrific 25||2|
|Phil Pressey||Episcopal School (Dallas, Texas)||PG||2010||No. 31, ESPNU 100||4|
|Rakeem Christmas||Academy of the New Church (Bryn Athyn, Pa.)||PF||2011||No. 13, ESPNU Super 60||6|
|Roscoe Smith||Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)||SF||2010||No. 16, in ESPNU 100||22|
|Terrence Jones||Jefferson (Portland, Ore.)||SF||2010||No. 15, ESPNU 100||8|
|Terrence Ross||Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)||SF||2010||No. 39, ESPNU 100||2|
|Tobias Harris||Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, N.Y.)||PF||2010||No. 7, ESPNU 100||20|
|Tony Wroten Jr.||Garfield (Seattle, Wash.)||PG||2011||No. 5, ESPNU Super 60||9|
|Tristan Thompson||Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)||PF||2010||No. 11, ESPNU 100||6|
|Will Barton||Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.)||SG||2010||No. 5, ESPNU 100||18|
BDN's Andrew Slater is on the scene at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 in New York where he'll cover the play of Harrison Barnes, Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers and Roscoe Smith throughout the event. His reports are already coming in as he posts on BDN Premium message board. More to come -
Do you feel more comfortable going into your second season under Cutcliffe?
I feel a lot more comfortable. I'm better prepared and stronger than I was and I run to the ball better
Your brother Lex joins the team this season. What's it like to have him practicing and playing with you?
It's not a major difference because I am a sophomore and on another side of campus. I was use to just calling him at home, but now that he's here. I can just go over and talk to him.
Do you still remind him that's he's a freshman?
Yeah, yeah. I tell him that all the time. [smiling]
Whats it been like to up against freshman wideouts Conner Vernon and Tyree Watkins?
They're not guys that you can just go up to the line and beat down. They are going to give you some movement at the line and are pretty good athletes.
Are you watching film and prepping for Richmond?
We're starting to work a little bit on their schemes. We'll turn our attention to them completely very soon.
DURHAM, N.C. --Changes have been made to the Duke football program's Meet the Blue Devils Day scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium.
The Blue Devils open the season at home versus Richmond on Saturday, September 5. Kickoff at Wallace Wade Stadium is set for 7 p.m. Season and single-game tickets may be purchased online atwww.GoDuke.com or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 877-375-DUKE.