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The Chronicle recently got ahold of Duke football commit Desmond Scott, a four-star running back who is Duke's biggest recruiting coup since landing current Blue Devils lineman Vince Oghobaase in 2004. A Durham native, Scott will join Hillside teammate Corey Gattis and 25 other incoming Class of 2009 recruits on campus this summer.
Scottie Montgomery might not be the most high profile name on the Duke Football coaching staff, but the 31-year old wide receivers coach and former Duke standout has played a crucial role in some of the team' most high profile recruiting successes of late, including the signing of four-star running back Desmond Scott from Durham's Hillside High School. The Chronicle sat down for a half-hour with Montgomery to talk about his time at Duke as a player and coach as well as life on the recruiting trail.
The men's basketball team isn't the only program on campus to have good news coming from the recruiting trail over the past few days. According to the Durham Herald-Sun, the Blue Devil football program received a verbal commitment from four-star LB/DE Aramide Olaniyan of Woodberry Forest, VA. Olaniyan, who is currently a junior, chose Duke over Michigan, Auburn, Stanford and Notre Dame, in large part due to the university's academic reputation.
The news of Seth Curry's transfer might have dominated the Duke Basketball headlines on Monday morning, but the incoming Blue Devil duo of Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee stole the show in their own right Monday night with outstanding performances in the McDonald's All-American Game skills competition at the BankUnited Center in Miami.
Former Blue Devil wide receiver Eron Riley proved through his four years at Duke that he had size, excellent hands and big play ability, but most draft evaluations of the 6-foot-3, 185-lb. wideout raised doubt as to whether he had the top-end speed necessary to succeed at the next level.
With his team wearing green practice jerseys for its early morning run and himself decked out in a bright green polo shirt, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe was certainly full of St. Patrick's Day spirit as he opened Tuesday's press conference previewing spring practice with a little nugget Irish history:
RALEIGH -- In a final matchup of a pair of the Triangle's top basketball recruits, Word of God Academy's John Wall stole the show from Duke-bound Ryan Kelly's Ravenscroft.
For more of Will Flaherty and Alex Keller's photos from Word of God Christian Academy's win over Ravenscroft School, including individual shots of John Wall and Ryan Kelly, check out a photo slideshow by following this link.
Photo courtesy HoustonTexans.com
Thursday, the National Football League will kick off its 75th annual player draft, now a three-day made-for-television extravaganza carried live on ESPN and the NFL Network. For the first time, the draft’s first round will be held on Thursday night, with the drama and theater of the event moving straight to Primetime. 32 players will be anointed as a team’s first-round selection on Thursday and will almost instantly become multimillionaires.
When Gordon Hayward let go of his last-second half-court heave as the Lucas Oil Stadium horn blew, I didn’t know what to think. After 40 agonizingly intense minutes of play, Duke’s national title hopes were literally up in the air.
Right in the heart of Tornado Alley, the cyclone that would tear through the status quo of this year’s NCAA Tournament touched down at approximately 8:45 p.m. Saturday. That’s when, at the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Northern Iowa’s indomitable Ali Farokhmanesh threw down a lightning bolt that struck dead center into the heart of No. 1 overall seed Kansas’s national title aspirations.
Just as Bud Selig, David Stern and Gary Bettman would gladly attest, expansion in sports is not always a bright idea.
After tough back-to-back conference losses, the Blue Devils bounced back Saturday with an 8-5 win at No. 9 Loyola, giving the Greyhounds (3-2) an unpleaseant housewarming gift in their first game at the new Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore.
Flashing back to the start of the season, the picture looked bleak for Duke center Brian Zoubek as he entered his senior campaign.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Blue Devils’ midweek voyage to South Florida was no trip to the beach. But thanks to a renewed effort after intermission, Duke won’t be coming home empty-handed.
Dear Greivis Vasquez,
From his first day as Duke’s head football coach, David Cutcliffe has emphasized the need to attract elite, speedy athletes in order for the Blue Devils to become competitive in the ACC.
While watching the closing moments of Virginia’s 75-60 road demolition of North Carolina Sunday, I couldn’t help but feel a little elated about the hard times that have befallen Duke’s arch rival eight miles down 15-501.