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Bluedawg
11-30-2007, 07:42 AM
There seems to be a lot of positive news on the recruiting front (http://media.www.dukechronicle.com/media/storage/paper884/news/2007/11/30/Football/Recruits.Weigh.Options.In.Light.Of.Roofs.Departure-3125485.shtml)...


The Blue Devils have 13 commitments for next year, and so far, despite facing the possibility of playing for a coach they have never met, most prospects have affirmed their decision to play in Durham.

Coaches uncertain of their future are still pushing


Offensive coordinator Peter Vaas, out on the recruiting trail like the program's other assistant coaches, said that while the head coach may be gone, the school is still there.

"When you're involved emotionally with anyone, as the recruits were with Roof, you're disappointed," Vaas said Tuesday. "Duke is Duke. The people may have different names, but they are still of the same caliber."

Currently, Vaas and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva are reaching out to the recruits to make sure they are still committed. Ted Luckadoo, head coach of Lee Butler, a two-star cornerback at Westside High School in Anderson, S.C., said some of the coaches visited Butler to assure him he still had a scholarship offer. Moore also said Alleva and defensive line coach Scott Montgomery called him.

But there is still room for concern...


Some players are exploring other options and are taking a wait-and-see approach.

Butler is waiting to see who Alleva hires as before he fully commits. Matt Daniels, the 50th-ranked safety in the nation, originally chose Duke over powerhouse Georgia, a mere two hours away from his home in Fayetteville, Ga. Now, however, Daniels is questioning his decision because of the coaching staff, said Tommy Webb, his coach at Fayetteville High School.

"There's concern based on what has happened based on my talking to Matt," Webb said. "His immediate desire was to get a good education, and he may still stay with that."


To this point, however, no one has actually backed off their verbal commitment.

OZZIE4DUKE
11-30-2007, 08:49 AM
I hope the "committed" recruits can hold their commitments at least through when a new coach is named, and then reevaluate their situation. As well as Roof sold the future to these men, we certainly all hope (and expect) that the future of Duke football will be far brighter with the new coach and staff than if Ted Roof stayed. I know from listening to one of the defensive coaches that they are extremely high on the DBs that have committed. And that the article says we have 13 recruits, this is one more than 4 weeks ago when he said we had 12, which is also good news. These men cannot sign LOIs until February, and the coaching situation will certainly be settled long before then.

Bluedawg
11-30-2007, 10:32 PM
I hope the "committed" recruits can hold their commitments at least through when a new coach is named, and then reevaluate their situation. As well as Roof sold the future to these men, we certainly all hope (and expect) that the future of Duke football will be far brighter with the new coach and staff than if Ted Roof stayed. I know from listening to one of the defensive coaches that they are extremely high on the DBs that have committed. And that the article says we have 13 recruits, this is one more than 4 weeks ago when he said we had 12, which is also good news. These men cannot sign LOIs until February, and the coaching situation will certainly be settled long before then.

Timing makes a difference. JA wants to have it done by Christmas which would help in holding them.