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Duke announces 18-player recruiting class

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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.

"You're liable to walk into a school and there will be 15 coaches in one school, so who are they going to listen to? Everyone likes a winner, so, that helps in that regard," Cutcliffe said.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
Tinashe Bere B 6-foot-1 220 Cincinnati, Ohio Sycamore
Zavier Carmichael B 6-foot-0 210 Eight Mile, Ala. St. Paul's Episcopal
Edgar Cerenord L 6-foot-1 300 Miami, Fla. American Heritage
Quaven Ferguson L 6-foot-2 305 Easley, S.C. Easley
Zach Harmon L 6-foot-3 280 Toledo, Ohio Central Catholic
Christian Harris  L 6-foot-6 290 Suwanee, Ga. Collins Hill
Davis Koppenhaver L 6-foot-4 210 Valencia, Calif. Hart
Trevon Lee B 6-foot-1 175 Plantation, Fla. Cardinal Gibbons
Johnathan Lloyd QB 6-foot-0 195 Graham, N.C. Southern Alamance
Trip McNeill L 6-foot-5 300 Advance, N.C. Davie
Zach Muñiz B 5-foot-11 170 Chesterfield, Mo. Christian Brothers College
Nicodem Pierre QB 6-foot-2 205 Miami, Fla. Coral Reef
Jake Sanders L 6-foot-5 330 Carrollton, Ga. Carrollton
Alonzo Saxton II B 5-foot-11 170 Columbus, Ohio Bishop Hartley
Kameron Schroeder L 6-foot-5 275 Elk Grove, Calif. Cosumnes Oaks
Taariq Shabazz L 6-foot-3 230 Kennesaw, Ga. Kennesaw Mountain
Chris Taylor B 6-foot-1 170 Miramar, Fla. University
Shaun Wilson B 5-foot-9 180 Charlotte, N.C. West Mecklenburg
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