Duke Announces 18-Player Recruiting Class

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke rarely signs the highest rated recruits in football - even after one of the best seasons in school history.

Coach David Cutcliffe wants the right ones.

Cutcliffe announced an 18-player class Wednesday that's evenly split between skill players and linemen.

The Blue Devils' class was ranked 66th by Scout.com and tied for 55th by Rivals.com. As usual, it's loaded with two- and three-star players.

Duke won a school-record 10 games and its first ACC Coastal Division title, climbed into the AP Top 25 and made consecutive bowl trips for the first time in program history, losing to Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Cutcliffe says the full effect of that success probably won't be felt until future years but "our guys that were committed have never been more excited."

Football signees announced Wednesday by Duke, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:

Tinashe Bere, b, 6-1, 220, Sycamore HS, Cincinnati

Zavier Carmichael, b, 6-0, 210, St. Paul's Episcopal HS, Eight Mile, Ala.

Edgar Cerenord, l, 6-1, 300, American Heritage HS, Miami

Quaven Ferguson, l, 6-2, 305, Easley (S.C.) HS

Zach Harmon, l, 6-3, 280, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio

Christian Harris, l, 6-6, 290, Collins Hill HS, Suwanee, Ga.

Davis Koppenhaver, l, 6-4, 210, Hart HS, Valencia, Calif.

Trevon Lee, b, 6-1, 175, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Plantation, Fla.

Johnathan Lloyd, qb, 6-0, 195, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.

Trip McNeill, l, 6-5, 300, Davie HS, Advance, N.C.

Zach Muniz, b, 5-11, 170, Christian Brothers College, Chesterfield, Mo.

Nicodem Pierre, qb, 6-2, 205, Coral Reef HS, Miami

Jake Sanders, l, 6-5, 330, Carrollton (Ga.) HS

Alonzo Saxton II, b, 5-11, 170, Bishop Hartley HS, Columbus, Ohio

Kameron Schroeder, l, 6-5, 275, Cosumnes Oaks HS, Elk Grove, Calif.

Taariq Shabazz, l, 6-3, 230, Kennesaw Mountain HS, Kennesaw, Ga.

Chris Taylor, b, 6-1, 170, University HS, Miramar, Fla.

Shaun Wilson, b, 5-9, 180, West Mecklenburg HS, Charlotte, N.C.