DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University head football coach Ted Roof and his staff announced on Wednesday that 22 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to join the Blue Devil gridiron program.
The class includes five defensive backs, four offensive linemen, four linebackers, two defensive linemen, two wide receivers, two tight ends, one quarterback, one running back and one punter. Thirteen states are represented including three players from Georgia, Massachusetts and North Carolina, two from Connecticut, Maryland and Texas and one each from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, New York and Ohio.
On offense, Duke’s class yields four offensive linemen in Kyle Hill, Bryan Morgan, Jon Needham and Chris Shannon. Hill is the 47th-best offensive tackle as rated by Scout.com while Morgan was a member of three state championship teams at Hoover (Ala.) High School before spending the 2006 season at Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy. Needham and Shannon, both from Massachusetts, rank among the top 15 prospects overall from the New England region according to Scout.com.
Mike Cappetto is the lone quarterback in the class, joining the Blue Devils following a successful career at Brother Rice High School in Michigan. Cappetto threw for 3,084 yards and 39 touchdowns in his career while helping Brother Rice to a 33-4 record and the 2005 state championship. At tight end, Danny Parker (ranked as the 27th-best tight end in the country by Rivals.com) and Garrett Utt (son of former Georgia Tech and Indianapolis Colts standout Ben Utt) join the program.
A pair of wide receivers - Austin Kelly and Josh Trezvant - signed with Duke. Kelly, who played both wide receiver and quarterback at Austell (Ga.) High School, is listed as the 133rd-best receiver in the nation by ESPN.com while Trezvant, a product of Morrilton (Ark.) High School, closed his career with 198 receptions for 3,201 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Cameron Jones, whose brother Colin also signed with the Blue Devils, is scheduled to join the Duke running backs corps after playing at Greenwich (Conn.) High School and Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy. Cameron Jones scored 41 touchdowns at Greenwich and helped the team to 30 wins over three seasons. A projected defensive back, Colin Jones was credited with 48 tackles, five tackles for loss and 10 pass breakups this past season at Mercersburg. The Jones twins are sons of former All-America wide receiver Cedric Jones, who enjoyed a nine-year professional career with the New England Patriots after graduating from Duke in 1982.
Joining Colin Jones in the secondary are Tony Jackson, Randez James, Eddie Morgan and Matt Pridemore. Jackson was a first team all-state selection from Bishop Kearney (N.Y.) High School in 2006 while James, a native of San Antonio, Texas, is ranked as the 45th-top cornerback in the nation by ESPN.com. Morgan had 86 tackles along with kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns as a senior at McKinney (Texas) High School. Pridemore, originally a member of the Blue Devils’ signing class in 2006 who helped Buford (Ga.) High School to two state titles in 2002 and 2003, enrolled at Duke last month.
The four linebackers in the class are Adam Banks (165 tackles & 27 tackles for loss in 2006 at A.C. Reynolds (N.C.) High School), Sam Poggi (Member of three conference championship squads at Gilman (Md.) School), Damian Thornton (52nd-best middle linebacker in the nation as rated by Scout.com) and Justin Wilkerson (57th-top strongside linebacker in the country by Scout.com).
On the defensive front, the class includes ends Charlie Hatcher and Eriks Reks. Hatcher posted 68 tackles and 14 sacks as a senior at Hamilton (Ohio) High School and is the 69th-best defensive end in the nation by ESPN.com. Reks guided Xaverian Brothers (Mass.) High School to 26 victories over three seasons and is the 10th-best overall prospect in the New England region by Scout.com.
Punter Nick Maggio rounds out the class after earning three all-league citations and helping St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) High School to a 27-7 ledger with three state playoff appearances.
|Adam Banks||LB||6-4||230||Asheville, N.C.||A.C. Reynolds|
|Mike Cappetto||QB||6-5||205||Troy, Mich.||Brother Rice|
|Charlie Hatcher||DE||6-3||275||Hamilton, Ohio||Hamilton|
|Kyle Hill||OL||6-6||260||Orlando, Fla.||Boone|
|Tony Jackson||DB||5-10||185||Rochester, N.Y.||Bishop Kearney|
|Randez James||DB||5-11||175||San Antonio, Texas||Judson|
|Cameron Jones||RB||5-10||185||Greenwich, Conn.||Greenwich & Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy|
|Colin Jones||DB||5-10||185||Greenwich, Conn.||Greenwich & Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy|
|Austin Kelly||WR||6-3||195||Mableton, Ga.||Austell|
|Nick Maggio||P||6-4||190||Leawood, Kan. St.||Thomas Aquinas|
|Bryan Morgan||OL||6-3||255||Hoover, Ala.||Hoover & Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy|
|Eddie Morgan||DB||6-0||185||McKinney, Texas||McKinney|
|Jon Needham||OL||6-7||305||Melrose, Mass.||Melrose|
|Danny Parker||TE||6-4||225||Rockville, Md.||Good Counsel|
|Sam Poggi||LB||6-2||220||Towson, Md.||Gilman School|
|Matt Pridemore||DB||5-11||185||Gainesville, Ga.||Buford|
|Eriks Reks||DE||6-5||225||Wrentham, Mass.||Xaverian Brothers|
|Chris Shannon||OL||6-5||300||Andover, Mass.||Phillips Academy|
|Damian Thornton||LB||6-1||235||Lenoir, N.C.||Hibriten|
|Josh Trezvant||WR||5-11||175||Morrilton, Ark.||Morrilton|
|Garrett Utt||TE||6-4||220||Atlanta, Ga.||Lovett & Hargrave Military (Va.) Academy|
|Justin Wilkerson||LB||6-3||245||Oxford, N.C.||Webb|