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Duke's young assistants have brought in a top-50 recruiting class in Durham

Duke signs 17-member class

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University head football coach David Cutcliffe and his staff announced on Wednesday that 17 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to join the Blue Devil gridiron program.

The class includes one quarterback, one punter, seven linemen and eight backs.  A total of seven states are represented in the group as Duke signed a class-high seven student-athletes from Georgia and three from California.  The group includes two student-athletes from both Florida and North Carolina and one apiece from Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania.

The two in-state prospects are lineman Twazanga Mugala (Charlotte) and punter Austin Parker (Mount Pleasant).  Mugala posted a school single-season record 16.5 quarterback sacks as a senior while helping Ardrey Kell High School to 10 victories while Parker, who helped Mount Pleasant High School to a 12-3 record in 2014, is rated the No. 8 punter in the nation by247Sports.com.

Georgia is represented with back Keyston Fuller (Griffin), back Jordan Hayes (Loganville), back Jeremy McDuffie (Snellville), lineman Trevon McSwain (Suwanee), lineman Zach Morris (Ringgold), lineman Marquies Price (Fort Valley) and back T.J. Rahming (Powder Springs).  Fuller is an ESPN.com four-star prospect out of Griffin High School who earned first team all-state honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2014 while Hayes, who attends Grayson High School, helped the East squad to a 24-3 win by recording an interception in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

McDuffie is rated as a top-50 cornerback nationally by both ESPN.com and Rivals.com and, as a junior, won the 110 high hurdles, 300 intermediate hurdles and triple jump while leading Shiloh High School to the Georgia 6A state track and field championship.  A senior at Lambert High School, McSwain is the No. 39 defensive end in the country according to ESPN.comwhile Morris was the Georgia Region 6 AAA Defensive Player of the Year after posing 54 tackles with six sacks for Ringgold High School.  Price helped Peach County to the Georgia Region 2 championship in 2014 and is rated as the No. 36 weakside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com while Rahming, who caught 70 passes for 1,546 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior at McEachern High School, scored a pair of touchdowns in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Joining Duke are three California products in back Ben Humphreys (Newport Beach), lineman Reno Rosene (Westlake Village) and back Aaron Young (Murrieta).  Humphreys, a consensus top-25 linebacker nationally out of Mater Dei High School, logged three tackles for loss while returning an interception for a touchdown in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  Rosene is charted as the No. 36 offensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com and was an all-state pick out of Oaks Christian High School while Young registered 61 pass receptions for 1,083 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior at Murrieta Valley High School.

Florida natives Zach Baker (Green Cove Springs) and Brandon Boyce (Fort Lauderdale) signed with the Blue Devils.  Baker, listed as the No. 19 center in the nation by Scout.com, helped Clay High School to 10 victories as a senior while Boyce, ranked as the No. 43 defensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com, lifted St. Thomas Aquinas to the state championship as a senior by logging nine tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss in the 31-0 title game win over Osceola.

Back Brandon Feamster, a product of Exton, Pa., signed with the Blue Devils after helping helping Cheshire (Conn.) Academy to an 8-1 record with 31 tackles and three interceptions.  Prior to his year at Cheshire, Feamster was a first team all-conference and all-area selection as a senior at Downingtown High School.  Back Joe Giles-Harris, a native of Nyack, N.Y., had 95 tackles and four interceptions as a senior at St. Joseph Regional (N.J.) High School and is charted as the No. 42 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.comQuentin Harris, a Wilton, Conn., native, is the No. 22 dual-threat quarterback in the country by ESPN.com after throwing for 2,897 yards with 26 touchdowns over his final two prep campaigns.

Price and Rosene enrolled at Duke last month.

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Duke Football Signing Class

Name                                Pos.       Ht.          Wt.            

Zach Baker                      L              6-4          295

Brandon Boyce             L              6-0          250

Brandon Feamster      B             6-3          210

Keyston Fuller               B             6-0          180

Joe Giles-Harris             B             6-2          220

Quentin Harris               QB          6-1          185

Jordan Hayes                 B             6-0          170

Ben Humphreys           B             6-2          210

Jeremy McDuffie         B             5-11       170

Trevon McSwain          L              6-6          250

Zach Morris                    L              6-3          295

Twazanga Mugala        L              6-3          230

Austin Parker                 P             6-1          180

Marquies Price              L              6-6          225

T.J. Rahming                   B             5-10       170

Reno Rosene                 L              6-7          335

Aaron Young                  B             6-4          200

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 Zach Baker

L • 6-4, 295

Green Cove Springs, Fla. (Clay)

Three-year letterman for Clay High School and head coach Joshua Hoekstra ... a three-star prospect by ESPN.com,Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com … rated by Scout.com as the No. 19 center in the nation and by 247Sports.com as the No. 21 center … starting center as a senior, helping Clay to a 10-2 overall record and a trip to the second round of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 5A playoffs … earned all-county, all-district, all-region and second team Florida All-State Class 5A honors following final campaign … key piece of an offensive line that provided time and space for the Blue Devils to score 431 points, an average of 35.92 per contest … team reached the 40-point plateau in six contests … earned all-county and all-district honors as a junior, when team went 10-5 … squad advanced to the FHSAA 5A title game before falling to American Heritage … Blue Devils edged Lakewood, 40-38, in the FHSAA 5A semifinal contest to reach the title tilt … second round playoff game versus Bishop Kenny was one of the highlights of the postseason as Clay scored 30 points in the fourth quarter to win, 74-73 … made varsity debut as a sophomore at right tackle and team finished 5-5 … also earned three letters in weightlifting … born September 24, 1996 ... son of Amanda Baker.

 Brandon Boyce

L • 6-0, 250

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Played for head coach Rocco Casullo during senior year at St. Thomas Aquinas … played for head coach Roger Harriott for three years at University School … given three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com … ranked byRivals.com as the No. 43 defensive tackle in the country and ranked by ESPN.com at No. 61 among defensive tackle prospects … two-time first team all-state selection (4A in 2013; 7A in 2014) … a second team 3A all-state selection as a sophomore … during final campaign, helped St. Thomas Aquinas to a Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 7A state championship with a 31-0 victory against Osceola … defense became just the third in Broward County history to win a state title game with a shutout … tallied nine tackles, including 4.5 for a loss, and a fumble recovery in the title tilt … squad finished the year on a 13-game winning streak and with a 14-1 overall record … team stood No. 12 in the last MaxPreps Xcellent25 national poll … part of a defense that held opponents to 34 total points in the last 12 games (2.83 points per contest), and did not surrender a touchdown in a game in the final two months … during junior year, tallied 87 tackles with 22.5 for loss, including 10.5 sacks, and added four caused fumbles … selected to the FloridaHSFootball.com Class 4A All-State Elite Team following junior campaign … in 2013, went 10-3 and claimed the 4A District 7 championship with a 4-0 mark … part of a defense that limited foes to 182 points, an average of just 14.00 per contest … as a sophomore, booked 68 tackles with 16.5 hits behind the line of scrimmage … added 5.0 sacks and three caused fumbles during sophomore campaign, when University School went 13-0 and claimed the FHSAA 3A state championship with a 24-17 victory against Madison County … team allowed just 34 points in four state playoff contests, 8.50 points per contest, and 118 points for the season, an average of 9.08 points a game … during freshman year, played in six games as the Suns finished 12-1 and advanced to the second round of the FHSAA 3A playoffs … team claimed the 3A District 8 title with a perfect 8-0 mark … born March 1, 1997 … son of Rosemarie Marquez and Darnell Tucker.

Brandon Feamster

B • 6-3, 210

Exton, Pa. (Cheshire Academy [Conn.])

Spent one year at Cheshire Academy after graduating from Downingtown East High School … a two-year letterwinner for head coach Michael Matta at Downingtown East … a three-star prospect according to ESPN.com and 247Sports.com …ranked as the No. 90 safety in the country by 247Sports.com … booked 31 tackles and three interceptions during 2014 campaign … scored two touchdowns on interception returns … on offense, added 21 receptions for 339 yards and two touchdowns as the Cats went 8-1 … as a senior at Downingtown East, recorded 80 tackles and an interception while adding a kickoff return for a touchdown … selected to play in the 2013 Big 33 Football Classic … named to the Daily Local News first team All-Area and first team All-Ches-Mont League National Division at linebacker after senior season … tallied 25 tackles and one interception, helping the Cougars to a 10-1 mark as a junior, when team won the Ches-Mont League National Division with a 6-0 record … squad turned in a 10-0 mark in the regular season for the program’s first undefeated campaign … born December 4, 1996 … son of Telisha and Malik Feamster … father played football at Temple University (1988-91) … uncle, Shanga Tabb, lettered two years in football at Temple (2000-01).

 Keyston Fuller

B • 6-0, 180

Griffin, Ga. (Griffin)

A four-year letterwinner at Griffin High School who played for head coach Jarrett Laws as a senior after suiting up for Steve Devoursney previously … a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, which also ranked him as the No. 27 wide receiver in the country… rated as the No. 217 overall prospect on the ESPN300 … a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com, Scout.com and247Sports.com … named to the 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State first team AAAA and All-Region AAAA Division B first team as a wide receiver … also received Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class AAAA Honorable Mention accolades … finished the year with 61 receptions for 974 yards and 11 touchdowns … during final campaign, helped the Bears to an 11-1 mark with the lone loss coming 31-21 to Marist in the second round of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) AAAA state playoffs … squad captured the AAAA Region 4 championship with an 8-0 record … Griffin claimed the state championship as a junior with a 15-0 record and 56-35 triumph against Carrollton in the GHSA AAAA title tilt … in the championship game, caught two passes for 111 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown … during the second round playoff game against Statesboro, blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown … selected to play for the south side in the Georgia Elite Junior Classic following junior season … key piece of an offense that scored 641 points during junior year, an average of 42.73 per contest … against Woodland as a junior on Nov. 8, tallied 219 all-purpose yards, including a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown … as a sophomore, team went 9-2 and advanced to the GHSA AAA playoffs … captured the AAAA Region 4B title with a 5-0 record … outscored region foes 181-81 … during freshman campaign, team went 9-3 and advanced to the second round of the GHSA playoffs … also plays outfield for the Bears baseball team … on the diamond, received Perfect Game Preseason Underclass High Honorable Mention honors in 2013 and 2014 … hit .481 with 19 runs batted in and 33 scored as a junior … a member of the famed East Cobb summer program, which has produced current Major League Baseball standouts Jeff Francoeur, Nick Markakis, Brandon Phillips and Buster Posey  … born September 20, 1996 ... son of Tangela and Pete Williams.

Joe Giles-Harris

B • 6-2, 220

Nyack, N.Y. (St. Joseph Regional [N.J.])

Three-year letterman at St. Joseph Regional High School … played for head coach August Hoffmann as a senior and Tony Karcich as a sophomore and junior ... a three-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, 247Sports.com andScout.com ... rated as the No. 42 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com … helped Green Knights to two New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public Group 3 state championships as a sophomore and junior and a semifinal trip during final campaign … following senior year, received first team all-league, all-county, all-metro and all-state honors … registered 95 tackles, 3.0 sacks, four interceptions, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts during final campaign … on offense as a senior, added 24 receptions for 315 yards and two touchdowns … Green Knights went 8-3 on way to the state semifinals … as a junior, led team to a 10-1 mark and state championship … recorded 58 tackles, 3.5 sacks, four interceptions, four quarterback pressures, 12 pass deflections, three blocked punts and two fumble recoveries during junior year … anchor of a defense that allowed just 14.45 points per game … team captured NJSIAA Non-Public Group 3 state title with a 62-14 victory against Pope John XXIII … blocked two punts in the championship tilt … named second team all-state and second team All-Bergen County after junior season … booked 72 tackles, including 3.0 sacks, as a sophomore, when St. Joseph Regional went 10-2 and won the NJSIAA state title … also earned four letters as an attackman and midfielder in lacrosse and has been named to the second team all-league for three straight years … lettered as a junior and senior in basketball as a forward … born April 1, 1997 ... son of Lynn Giles-Harris and John Harris … father lettered in football at Southern Connecticut (1984-85-86) and older brother, William, lettered in football at Gannon (2009-10-11-12).

Quentin Harris

QB • 6-1, 185

Wilton, Conn. (Taft School)

A four-year letterwinner at Taft School for head coach Tyler Whitley … served as a tri-captain as a senior … a three-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com … the No. 22 dual-threat quarterback in the country according to ESPN.com … was invited to the Under Armour All-American Combine in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the U.S. Army National Underclassmen Combine in consecutive years … participated in the 2013 Nike Football Training Camp in Florham Park, N.J. … as a senior, named Taft’s most valuable player after completing 159-of-295 passes for 1,642 yards with 14 touchdowns … added 90 carries for 442 yards and three scores … during junior year, first as full-time starter, completed 86-of-147 passes for 1,255 yards and 12 touchdowns with another 243 yards rushing and six ground scores through four games before suffering a torn ACL and missing the remainder of the campaign … selected as the squad’s most valuable player … split time at quarterback as a sophomore, playing in all eight games and helping the Big Red to a 6-2 mark … completed 27-of-48 passes for 523 yards while rushing for 135 yards and three scores on 27 carries … named the team’s co-offensive most valuable player at the end of the campaign … as a freshman, shared quarterback duties and was the starter in the New England Prep School Class A Championship game, which Taft won to finish the season 8-0 … also a three-year letterman in baseball at Taft … played primarily center and left field and was the only freshman on the varsity squad during rookie year … born December 23, 1996 … son of Terry and Kevin Harris … father was a three-year letterwinner in football at the University of Georgia (1982-83-84) … cousin Evan Harris was a four-year letterwinner (2009-10-11-12) for the Miami University (Ohio) football program and was named the squad’s defensive player of the year in 2010 … cousin Tyrone Cornelius was a member of the University of Miami (Florida) football program … grandfather, Elbert Harris, Sr., uncle Melvin Harris and uncle Elbert Harris, Jr. were all members of the Florida A&M football program.

Jordan Hayes

B • 6-0, 170

Loganville, Ga. (Grayson)

A four-year letterwinner at Grayson High School for head coach Mickey Conn … rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN.com,Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com … the No. 65 safety in the country according to ESPN.com … selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl following senior campaign, and intercepted a pass in the contest to help limit the West squad to just 250 total yards of offense in a 24-3 East victory … also selected to the Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game after senior year … served as team captain as a senior and booked 91 tackles with 19 pass breakups and five interceptions … helped the Rams to a 10-2 mark as a senior and share of the AAAAAA Region 8 title with a 7-1 record … squad advanced to the second round of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) AAAAAA playoffs before falling to Tucker, 26-23 … in first round playoff victory against Mill Creek, put the Rams ahead 10-0 in the second quarter with a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown … key piece of a defense that held region opponents to just 65 points in eight games … overall, team posted three shutouts and yielded only 113 points in 12 games, an average of 9.42 points per contest … named the Atlanta WXIA-TV 11Alive Team 11 Athlete of the Week for August 29, 2014, after recording 10 tackles and an interception for a touchdown against Gainesville in the season opener … a Touchdown Club of Gwinnett second team all-county selection as a senior … during junior year, tallied 80 tackles and five interceptions … selected to play in the Rising Seniors bowl after junior campaign … received team’s defensive back of the year award … as a sophomore, booked 30 tackles with one caused fumble and three pass breakups … team finished 10-2 and advanced to the second round of the GHSA AAAAAA playoffs … Grayson won the state championship during freshman season with a 15-0 record … squad finished freshman year ranked No. 4 nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent25 … born March 14, 1997 … son of Darrell Hayes and Sandra Barmer.

Ben Humphreys

B • 6-2, 210

Newport Beach, Calif. (Mater Dei)

A three-year letterwinner at Mater Dei High School for head coach Bruce Rollison … four-star prospect by ESPN.com,Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com … a consensus top-25 outside linebacker nationally … listed as the No. 9 outside linebacker by Scout.com, No. 11 by 247Sports.com, No. 12 by Rivals.com and No. 22 by ESPN.com ... appears on theScout300 list at No. 126 and on the Rivals.com250 list at No. 173 … selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after senior year … in the game, finished with three tackles, all for lost yardage, a 21-yard interception returned for a touchdown, a forced fumble and subsequent 11-yard fumble return … honorable mention choice for the Rivals.com U.S. Army All-America Lunch Pail award for his performance during the week … during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl banquet, received the Glenn Davis Award, which is given annually to the player of the West team at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl who best epitomizes the U.S. Army's high standards of excellence in community service, education, and athletic excellence … received American Family Insurance All-California Team honors as a senior, when he recorded 75 tackles with four interceptions and two forced fumbles … on offense, caught 30 passes for 500 yards and nine touchdowns … helped the Monarchs to a 9-3 overall record and trip to the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Pac-5 playoffs … a 2014 Great American Rivalry Challenge Scholar Athlete Award winner … prior to senior season, was invited to "The Opening," an all-star summer prospect camp held on the Nike Campus … as a junior carded 90 tackles, including 10.0 sacks, as well as two interceptions and five forced fumbles … offensively, hauled in 40 passes for 600 yards and eight scores … team went 11-3 and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 championship before falling to St. John Bosco … earned first team all-trinity league and was placed on the CalHiSports.com All-State Junior Team after the campaign … as a sophomore, recorded 20 receptions for 400 yards and seven touchdowns while posting 50 tackles, 8.0 sacks, four interceptions and five forced fumbles … team went 11-3 overall and reached the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 championship game and fell to Long Beach Poly … after sophomore year, was named first-team All-Trinity League and aCalHiSports.com All-State Underclassman … lettered in basketball as a sophomore at Mater Dei and won the state championship … born October 10, 1996 ... son of Wendy and Brad Humphreys … mother was a four-time All-America setter in volleyball (1984-85-86-87) at Stanford and is in the Cardinal’s Hall of Fame … father was a safety who was a three-year letterwinner in football for Stanford (1985-86-87) … older sister, Kelsey, was a sophomore on the Stanford volleyball team in 2014 and is a member of the U.S. Volleyball Junior National Team.

Jeremy McDuffie

B • 5-11, 170

Snellville, Ga. (Shiloh)

A four-year letterwinner at Shiloh High School for head coach Troy Hobbs … a three-star prospect according toESPN.comRivals.com247Sports.com and Scout.com … rated as the No. 49 cornerback in the country byESPN.com and stands as the No. 48 cornerback in the Rivals.com listing … in eight games as a senior, recorded 70 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions … received second team all-county honors and was selected to take part in the Gwinnett County All-Star Game, but did not play due to injury … In September of 2014, honored as a Touchdown Club of Gwinnett Player of the Month … as a junior, tallied 56 tackles, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions while gaining 527 rushing yards and rushing for four touchdowns on offense … named the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett Player of the Month and Player of the Week … earned all-county honors after junior campaign … also a track and field standout at Shiloh, helping the Generals to their first Georgia High School Association (GHSA) AAAAAA state championship as a junior … in the title meet, won the 110 high hurdles, 300 intermediate hurdles and triple jump and was part of the winning 4x100 relay team … member of the 4x400 relay that placed second at the state meet … won the Class AAAAAA high-point award and scored more points (34.5) than any individual in any classification and more points than 39 other schools at the state meet … in the 110, clocked a time of 13.83 seconds, the sixth fastest in the nation for a high schooler in 2014 and a Gwinnett County all-time mark … theGwinnett Daily Post Boys Runner of the Year following junior campaign … as a sophomore at the GHSA AAAAAA championship meet, placed fourth in the long jump, was part of the fifth-place finishing 4x400 relay and qualified for the finals in the 300 hurdles … took part in the 2014 Nike Elite Sprint Camp … earned two additional varsity letters, one in swimming and one in wrestling … son of Jessilyn and Tyrone McDuffie.

Trevon McSwain

L • 6-6, 250

Suwanee, Ga. (Lambert)

Lettered two years (2012-13) at Lanier under head coach Bill Wells and one season (2014) at Lambert under head coach Louis Daniel … a three-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com … rated byESPN.com as the No. 39 defensive end in the country … appears at No. 22 on the 247Sports.com weakside defensive end list and at No. 40 on the Rivals.com weakside defensive end chart … as a senior, recorded 21 tackles with 1.0 sack, one interception and one fumble recovered … helped Lambert to a 7-4 mark as a senior and a berth in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA playoffs … key piece of a defense that allowed just 188 points, an average of 17.09 per game … defense held six foes to 10 or fewer points during the campaign … as a junior at Lanier, booked 67 tackles with 9.0 sacks, tied for the fourth most in Gwinnett County … added 16 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and two caused fumbles … named first team All-Gwinnett County … helped the squad to a 9-3 record, the program’s first GHSA AAAA playoff berth and home playoff victory with a 26-7 win against Carver … team’s nine victories were the most in program history … during sophomore year, booked 47 tackles with 3.0 for a loss and 2.0 sacks … a two-year letterwinner with the Lanier basketball program and a one-year letterwinner at Lambert in basketball … earned a pair of varsity letters on the Lanier track and field squad … born November 4, 1996 … son of Tanja and Chaz Shivers.

Zach Morris

L • 6-3, 295

Ringgold, Ga. (Ringgold)

A four-year letterwinner at Ringgold High School for head coach Robert Akins … a three-star prospect according toESPN.com, Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com … rated as the No. 63 defensive end in the country by ESPN.com … is No. 54 on the Scout.com strongside defensive end chart … as a senior, earned Region 6-AAA Defensive Player of the Year honors as voted on by the league’s coaches … guided the Tigers to an 8-3 overall record in final campaign and a berth in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAA playoffs … part of a defense that allowed just 19.09 points per game and held three opponents to fewer than 10 points … tallied 54 tackles with 11.0 hits for lost yardage and 6.0 sacks … earned first team all-state honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and honorable mention Class AAA all-state accolades by theGeorgia Sports Writers Association following final campaign … the team’s most valuable defensive player for the second straight year … invited to play in Georgia’s Rising Senior Bowl after junior campaign … as a junior, tallied 113 tackles, 69 solo stops, 24.0 hits for lost yardage, 15.5 sacks, 12 passes defended and seven forced fumbles … helped squad advance to the GHSA Class AAA semifinals, the deepest run in school history … team captured a program-record 11 wins during the year, finishing 11-3 … defense limited opponents to 274 points, an average of 19.57 points a contest … named first team all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Sportswriters Association … became Ringgold’s first AJC all-state honoree since Houston Black in 1955 … named the squad’s most valuable defensive player and was a Chattanooga Times Free Pressfirst team honoree after the season … as a sophomore, booked 72 tackles with 8.0 sacks as well as one catch for five yards … received second team all-region accolades following the campaign … Tigers finished 6-5 and advanced to the GHSA Class AAA playoffs ... earned a letter as a freshman, when the team went 6-4  and advanced to the state playoffs … earned four addition varsity letters as a member of the baseball program, playing first base  and pitching ... born May 5, 1997 … son of Wendy and Larry Morris … has an older brother, Alex, who played football at Bethel University in 2011 and in 2012 at the University of West  Georgia.

Twazanga Mugala

L • 6-3, 230

Charlotte, N.C. (Ardrey Kell)

A two-year letterwinner at Ardrey Kell High School for head coach Adam Hastings … a three-star prospect according toESPN.com and 247Sports.com … rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 54 weakside defensive end in the country … after final campaign, was one of three finalists for the Greater Charlotte Football Awards Defensive Lineman of the Year accolade and was named All-South Meck 8 and All-Charlotte Observer first team defense … as a senior, guided the Knights to a 10-4 record … team advanced to the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NHSAA) 4AA state playoffs … booked a school-record 16.5 sacks to go along with 109 tackles, 34.0 hits behind the line of scrimmage, 29 quarterback pressures and two forced fumbles as a senior … during junior year, tallied 65 stops, including 23 for lost yardage as the Knights went 6-6 and earned a trip to the NHSAA playoffs … born October 21, 1996, in Kitwe, Zambia … son of Barbra and Gavita Mugala.

Austin Parker

P • 6-1, 180

Mount Pleasant, N.C. (Mount Pleasant)

A three-year starter and four-year letterwinner at quarterback, receiver, kicker and punter for Mount Pleasant High School and head coach Michael Johns … a three-star prospect according to ESPN.com and Scout.com … rated as the No. 22 kicker in the country by ESPN.com and the No. 8 punter in the country by 247Sports.com … a 2014 MaxPreps.com Medium School All-America second team honoree … as a senior, helped the Tigers to a 12-3 overall record and a trip to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 2A state semifinals … squad won the Rockey River 2A Conference title with a 5-0 record … named the Rockey River Conference Special Teams Player of the Year following final campaign … completed 63-of-134 passes for 1,148 yards and nine touchdowns … converted six-of-11 field goals, with a long of 47 yards, and added 53 points after touchdowns … kicked off 87 times for 5,184 yards, an average of 59.59 yards, and sent 54 into the end zone for touchbacks … tallied 24 punts for 1,054 yards, good for 43.92 yards per boot … helped the offense score 492 points, an average of 32.80 points per game … during junior season, connected on 34-of-85 passes for 413 yards and a pair of scores … made six-of-12 field goals and 14-of-17 PATs … long field goal registered 45 yards … recorded 39 kickoffs for 2,208 yards, an average of 56.62 yards per boot … punted 49 times for 2,190 yards, 44.69 yards a boot … team advanced to the NCHSAA playoffs … as sophomore quarterback, completed 58-of-133 passes for 801 yards and 10 touchdowns … nailed 23-of-28 PATs and made one-of-two field goal attempts … added 35 kickoffs for 1,696 yards, an average of 48.46 yards … as a freshman, made six-of-seven PATs and made lone field goal attempt … also lettered in basketball for four years … born January 27, 1997 … son of Stephanie and Daren Parker … mother was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball (1986-87-88-89) at South Carolina and still owns numerous career records, including total blocks and blocks per set, and was named to the all-region team in 1988 … father lettered four years (1987-89-90-91) in football at South Carolina as a punter and was an All-South Independent selection in 1989 … father punted for the Denver Broncos in 1992.

Marquies Price

L • 6-6, 225

Fort Valley, Ga. (Peach County)

Enrolled at Duke in January of 2015 … a three-year letterwinner at Peach County High School for head coach Chad Campbell … a three-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com … rated by Rivals.com as the No. 36 weakside defensive end … during final campaign, helped the Trojans to a 10-0 regular season and AAA Region 2 championship with an 8-0 mark … squad qualified for the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) AAA state playoffs … as a senior, recorded 37 tackles with 6.0 sacks and two caused fumbles … as a junior, tallied 49 tackles, including 3.0 sacks and a trio of forced fumbles … team went 8-4 with a 5-1 mark in AAA Region 2 to finish in second place … Trojans advanced to the second round of the GHSA AAA playoffs … during sophomore campaign, squad made it to the third round of the GHSA AAA playoffs and finished 10-3 … freshman year team finished as state runners up … born June 23, 1997 … son of Janice Smith.

T.J. Rahming

B • 5-10, 170

Powder Springs, Ga. (McEachern)

A three-year starter at McEachern High School for head coach Kyle Hockman … a three-star prospect as rated by ESPN.com,Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com … ranked as the No. 39 wide receiver by 247Sports.com and the No. 41 wide receiver by Rivals.com … played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after senior year, scoring two touchdowns on a 63-yard reception and a 41-yard run … named one of the top 10 performers of the week for performance during All-American Bowl trip … received the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Lighting in a Bottle Award and was named the game’s fourth-best offensive player … after final campaign, named to American Family Insurance All-Georgia Team … an Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionAAAAAA first team all-state selection as a wide receiver after senior year … as a senior, caught 70 passes for 1,548 yards and 22 touchdowns … finished just 107 yards shy of Georgia single-season receiving yards record of 1,655 … added one punt return for a TD … helped the Indians to a 10-4 overall record and a trip to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA semifinals for the second straight year … key piece of an offense that scored 523 points, an average of 36.36 per contest … in the state quarterfinal 62-36 victory against Tucker, caught seven passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns and returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown … named the September 24, 1014, Marietta Daily Journal Athlete of the Week after having seven receptions for 88 yards against Lovejoy … as a junior, recorded 54 catches for 1,054 yards and 13 touchdowns … averaged nearly 20 yards on punt returns as a junior … helped the Indians to an 11-3 record and trip to the GHSA state semifinals … guided offense to 497 points, 35.50 per contest … selected to play in the Junior Elite All-Star game after junior year … received all-Cobb County and all-state accolades as a junior … during sophomore season, caught 18 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns as team went 8-3 … born January 10, 1997 … son of Tina and Todd Rahming.

Reno Rosene

L • 6-7, 335

Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian)

Enrolled at Duke in January of 2015 … a four-year letterman at Oaks Christian High School for head coaches Bill Redell and Jeff Woodruff … a three-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... tabbed as the No. 36 offensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 48 offensive tackle by ESPN.com … took over a starting spot in week three of freshman year and started every remaining game of high school career … after final campaign, named first team All-Ventura County and first team all-league as the Lions finished 5-5 … team scored 331 points, an average of 33.10 per contest … squad turned in a three week stretch scoring 164 points, good for 54.67 points a contest during three game winning streak … named first team all-league, all-county and CalHiSports.com all-state as a junior … during junior year, anchored an offensive line that allowed the Lions to average 308 passing yards, 137 rushing yards and 44.27 points per game … team scored 49 or more points in eight of season’s 11 contests … squad finished 8-3 and advanced to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Pac 5 Division playoffs for the second straight campaign … during sophomore year, guided team to a CIF playoff berth and an 8-3 overall record … Lions averaged 35.45 points a contest and reached the 40-point plateau five times … named to the CalHiSports.com’s Sophomore All-State first team … after taking over starting role as a freshman, earned a place on the 2011 MaxPreps Freshman All-America team … helped Lions to 11-3 overall record and trip to the CIF championship game … born February 3, 1996 ... son of Jessica Huff and Matt Rosene.

Aaron Young

B • 6-4, 200

Murrieta, Calif. (Murrieta Valley)

A four-year letterwinner at Murrieta Valley High School under head coaches Greg Ireland, Vinny Fazio and George Wilson … a three-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com … ranked as the No. 91 wide receiver in the country by 247Sports.com and No. 99 by ESPN.com … finished senior year with 61 receptions for 1,083 yards and 16 touchdowns … named to the All-Southwestern League first team after final campaign and made second team all-area … selected to play in the 2015 West Coast Bowl for Team Impact after senior season … caught four touchdown passes in season opener versus Temescal Canyon … hauled in a four-yard, game-winning score in the second overtime at Temecula Chaparral on Oct. 24 … finished the contest with 86 yards and two scores … part of an offense that averaged 26.90 points per game during final campaign … as a junior, tallied 38 catches for 605 yards and three scores … added four kickoff returns for 71 yards during junior year … squad averaged 28.80 points a contest and finished with a 6-4 overall record … named to the All-Southwestern league second team after junior season … as a sophomore, helped the Nighthawks to a 10-2 record and advance to the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Inland district playoffs … a nominee for the National Football Foundation 2015 Riverside County Scholar Athlete award … born December 27, 1996 ... son of Valerie and Michael Young.

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2015 Duke Football Schedule Announced

DURHAM, N.C. -- Six total home dates, including a non-conference matchup with Big Ten foe Northwestern, highlight the 2015 Duke football schedule released on Thursday by the ACC office.

Duke opens the 2015 campaign on the road at Tulane on Thursday, September 3 in New Orleans.  The Blue Devils will then enjoy the friendly confines of Wallace Wade Stadium for four consecutive weeks with home tilts against N.C. Central (Sept. 12), Northwestern (Sept. 19), Georgia Tech (Sept. 26) and Boston College (Oct. 3).

Week six features a trip to West Point, N.Y., to face Army on October 10 with the season’s lone open date the followingSaturday.  Duke then closes out the month of October with a road game at Virginia Tech (Oct. 24) and a home affair versus Miami (Oct. 31).

The Blue Devils will be on the road in three of four weeks in the final month of the regular season, starting with a Saturday, November 7 date in Chapel Hill against North Carolina.  After the campaign’s final home game – a date with Pittsburgh onNovember 14 – Duke closes the regular season at Virginia (Nov. 21) and Wake Forest (Nov. 28).

Six of Duke’s 11 FBS opponents played in a bowl game a season ago and the 12 opponents combined for a 2014 overall record of 70-81 (.464).

Coming off last year’s 9-4 campaign that included an appearance in the 81st Hyundai Sun Bowl, Duke returns 15 starters and 51 lettermen for head coach David Cutcliffe’s eighth squad.

Season tickets will go on sale Monday, February 2 and may be purchased by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 919-681-BLUE.
2015 Duke Football Schedule (2014 Record; Bowl game)

SEPTEMBER

3 – at Tulane (3-9)

12 – ^N.C. CENTRAL (7-5)

19 – #NORTHWESTERN (5-7)

26 – *GEORGIA TECH (11-3; 49-34 win over Mississippi State in Capital One Orange Bowl)

OCTOBER

3 – &BOSTON COLLEGE (7-6; 31-30 OT loss to Penn State in New Era Pinstripe Bowl)

10 – at Army (4-8)

17 – Open

24 – at Virginia Tech (7-6; 33-17 win over Cincinnati in Military Bowl)

31 – %MIAMI (6-7; 24-21 loss to South Carolina in Duck Commander Independence Bowl)

NOVEMBER

7 – at North Carolina (6-7; 40-21 loss to Rutgers in Quick Lane Bowl)

14 – ~PITTSBURGH (6-7; 35-34 loss to Houston in Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl)

21 – at Virginia (5-7)

28 – at Wake Forest (3-9)

^Employee Appreciation Day

#Scout Day/Band Day/Throwback Day

*Team Day/Cheer Day/Former Player Day

&Homecoming/Youth Day/Teacher Appreciation Day

%Iron Dukes Day/Family Weekend

~Military Appreciation Day/Senior Day

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All-ACC safety Jeremy Cash to return for senior season

DURHAM, N.C. – Two-time All-America safety Jeremy Cash will return to Duke for his final season of eligibility in 2015, head coach David Cutcliffe announced on Thursday.  Cash graduated from Duke this past December with a degree in psychology and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in liberal studies.

A 6-2, 205-pound native of Miami, Fla., Cash has earned All-America honors in each of his two seasons with the Blue Devils while helping Duke to a two-year record of 19-8, the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship and consecutive bowl game appearances.

In 27 career games at Duke, Cash has compiled 232 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, six interceptions, 11 pass breakups, seven QB pressures, six caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries.  He has reached double figures in the tackle column 10 times including a career-high 14 stops against both Georgia Tech and Troy in 2013.  Additionally, Cash has posted six or more tackles in 23 games with the Blue Devils.

As a team captain in 2014, Cash recorded 111 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 quarterback sacks, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, five QB pressures, four caused fumbles and one fumble recovery en route to earning second team All-America honors from both the Walter Camp Foundation and Football Writers Association of America.  He is the only defensive back in the nation to record 100-plus tackles, 10.0-plus tackles for loss and 5.0-plus sacks this past season.

In the ACC, Cash ranked third in caused fumbles per game (0.31), eighth in tackles per game (8.54), tied for 12th in sacks per game (0.42), tied for 18th in passes defended per game (0.69) and tied for 18th in tackles for loss per game (0.81).  He twice earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors following performances against Miami and Georgia Tech.

The Blue Devils are coming off last season’s 9-4 campaign which included a second place finish in the ACC Coastal Division and berth in the 81st Hyundai Sun Bowl against Arizona State.  Cash will spearhead a 2015 defense that returns six starters – including all five in the backfield – from a unit that ranked among the ACC leaders in scoring defense (4th; 21.8), pass efficiency defense (4th; 115.2), opponent third down percentage (4th; .344), fumble recoveries (4th; 10) and sacks per game (7th; 2.23).

 

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Helm To Join Duke Football Program

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe announced on Wednesday that Daniel Helm has signed a financial aid agreement with the institution to enroll for the spring, 2015 semester.  Helm spent the past two semesters as a member of the football program at the University of Tennessee.

Helm, a 6-4, 240-pound tight end who played in all 12 regular season games with two starting assignments as a true freshman for the Volunteers in 2014, will sit out the 2015 campaign in compliance with NCAA transfer regulations and have three seasons of eligibility beginning in the fall of 2016.

While helping Tennessee to a 6-6 overall record, Helm totaled six pass receptions for 37 yards including a season-high two catches for 16 yards versus Florida on October 4.  In addition, he caught a two-point conversion in Tennessee’s 35-32 loss to No. 12 Georgia on September 27.

A native of Chatham, Ill., Helm was charted as a four-star tight end prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals.com andScout.com at Glenwood High School while playing for Dan Rourke.  Over his final two seasons at Glenwood, he totaled 79 receptions for 1,386 yards and 30 touchdowns and finished his prep career with a school record 35 receiving touchdowns.

Duke’s spring semester begins Wednesday, January 7.  The Blue Devils, who are coming off a 9-4 season which included a berth in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, open spring practice on February 6.

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2014 Sun Bowl Photo Gallery

EL PASO - Blue Devil Nation was on hand to capture the highs and lows of Duke's 36-31 Sun Bowl loss to Arizona State.

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