Duke Football 2011 Signing Day Central
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University head football coach David Cutcliffe and his staff announced on Wednesday that 20 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to join the Blue Devil gridiron program.
The class includes 11 backs, eight linemen and one punter. A total of 11 states are represented in the group as Duke signed a class-high five student-athletes from North Carolina. The group includes four student-athletes from Tennessee, three from Georgia and one apiece from Alabama, California, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, South Carolina, Wisconsin and Virginia.
The five in-state prospects include back Kyler Brown (Matthews), back Jamison Crowder (Monroe), lineman Lucas Fisher (Monroe), lineman Carson Ginn (Belmont) and back Britton Grier (Charlotte).
Brown, the brother of current Blue Devil freshman Kelby Brown, was an all-state pick in 2010 after recording 103 tackles for Charlotte Christian while Crowder helped Monroe to 29 wins over three seasons and registered over 1,400 offensive yards with 24 total touchdowns en route to garnering all-state accolades as a senior.
Fisher was the Rocky River Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 after carding 94 tackles and 11 sacks as Piedmont High School won the league title while Ginn was an all-conference and all-county choice as a senior after helping South Point High School to the state 3-AA championship in 2009. Grier totaled 290 career tackles at West Charlotte High School while helping the Lions to 28 wins and three state playoff berths.
Tennessee is represented by backs David Helton (Chattanooga) and Nick Hill (Nashville) along with linemen Lucas Patrick (Brentwood) and Cody Robinson (McMinnville). Helton is rated as the No. 31 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com and co-captained Baylor School to a 12-2 ledger as a senior while Hill was a first team (3A) all-state choice as a wide receiver after helping Pearl-Cohn High School to nine victories in 2010. Both Patrick and Robinson received first team (6A) all-state honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association in 2010 and are ranked among the top 25 offensive guards in the country by ESPN.com.
The three signees from Georgia include backs Jared Boyd (Stone Mountain) and Chris Tavarez (Atlanta) along with punter Will Monday (Flowery Branch). After helping Stephenson High School to 29 wins over three seasons, Boyd was a first team all-state pick by the Associated Press in 2010 while Tavarez, who prepped at Westlake High School, is charted as the No. 51 safety in the nation by Rivals.com. Monday, the top-ranked punter in the country by Scout.com and a two-time first team all-state pick, was chosen for the 2011 U.S. Under-19 National Team following his career at Flowery Branch High School.
Four additional linemen are in the group including Marcus Aprahamian (Brookfield, Wis.), Sam Marshall (Fredericksburg, Va.), Mario Sanders (Lyman, S.C.) and Matt Skura (Columbus, Ohio). Aprahamian is listed as the No. 33 offensive guard in the nation by ESPN.com after twice earning all-conference honors out of Brookfield Central High School while Marshall is an All-Mid Atlantic Region choice by SuperPrep after helping Chancellor High School to 27 victories in three seasons. Sanders, who had 70 tackles as a senior, helped Greer High School to four straight state playoff berths with a region crown in 2009 while Skura, rated as the No. 13 center in the country by ESPN.com, will represent Worthington Kilbourne High School in the prestigious Big 33 All-Star Game on June 18, 2011 in Hershey, Pa.
Four backs round out the class including Tim Burton (Hollywood, Fla.), Blair Holliday (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), David Reeves (Greensboro, Ala.) and Jonathan Woodruff (Waldorf, Md.). In 2010, Burton had 40 tackles, 14 pass breakups and two interceptions as Cardinal Gibbons High School claimed the district title while Holliday caught 71 passes for 969 yards and 14 touchdowns while helping Oaks Christian High School to a division championship. After helping Greensboro Public West High School to three straight state playoff berths, Reeves was a first team (3A) all-state pick by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior while Woodruff, who enrolled at Duke last month, had 10 sacks during his final campaign at Westlake High School.