Ryan Smith is Duke's 5th commitment at WR in 2013.

Bishop Gorman WR Ryan Smith commits to Duke

Ryan Smith is Duke's 5th commitment at WR in 2013.
Ryan Smith is Duke’s 5th commitment at WR in 2013.

In 2013, the Blue Devils will have to replace the production of the ACC’s all-time receptions leader in Conner Vernon, along with fellow graduating senior Desmond Scott. With only a handful of experienced receivers returning, the Duke staff is hoping to add playmakers in the class of 2013 with the ability to contribute early. To date, the Blue Devils have received verbal commitments from 4 receivers in Terrence Alls, Johnell Barnes, Quay Chambers, and T.J. Douglas. On Wednesday, they received their 5th receiver commitment from speedy Bishop Gorman star Ryan Smith. At 5’7″ and 160 pounds, Smith is a threat with his impressive speed. As a senior, Smith averaged over 20 yards per catch, and caught 14 touchdowns. He committed to New Mexico, where his father served as running backs coach, back in December, but opened things up recently when Coach Lubick contacted him. An official visit last weekend sold Smith on the Blue Devils, and he informed the staff of his decision on Wednesday.  BDN caught up with Ryan just before his visit to Duke. Smith is the 20th commitment in the class of 2013, and with signing day 2 weeks away, the Blue Devils likely have just 1 scholarship remaining.

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