David Cutcliffe has wasted absolutely zero time transforming Duke's successful, record-setting 2013 season into dividends on the recruiting trail. Yesterday evening - two days before National Signing Day - Coach Cut landed the biggest target of his 2014 class, wide receiver Trevon Lee.
For the 6-foot-1 Lee, it came down to two schools: Duke and Vanderbilt. But after taking official visits to both schools (he was in Durham this past weekend), the choice for Lee was simple. He explained to The Devils Den: "I’ve known Duke’s coaches longer, since Vanderbilt’s coaching staff is a new coaching staff, so I just have a better relationship with them (Duke) overall, and I felt at home when I went on the visit up there."
Lee is the 18th - and likely final - commitment of Duke's 2014 class.
From most reports, Duke had long been the leader to land the Florida native (other schools like Stanford, Nebraska, Oregon and Cal were in the mix, too) - he played his high school ball for Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons. Monday night, however, Lee made it official on local radio station WQAM; he's coming to play for Cutcliffe and company. Lee stated, "I'm going to be spending the next four years of my life at Duke University."
Let's put an emphasis on the word "company" from the previous paragraph, because certain members of the Duke staff played a big role in his commitment. Leading his recruitment, though, was Scottie Montgomery - a former Duke and NFL wide receiver, and the team's offensive coordinator. A guy like Montgomery is tangible evidence that - yes, you can come to Duke, and make it to the NFL. DBs coach Derek Jones helped with the recruitment, too.
(Note: his recruitment to Vanderbilt was headed up by former Wake Forest safety Josh Gattis - one of the stars of the 2006 ACC Championship team. The ACC was strong in this one)
247Sports.com lists Lee as three-star recruit, the No. 64 WR in the 2014 class, and the No. 64 prospect in the state of Florida. ESPN, however, thinks even more highly of the perimeter playmaker. They have him listed as a four-star recruit, and as the No. 235 overall player in the ESPN 300, which makes him the first player - since its inception in 2006 - who Duke has landed inside said group. ESPN rates him as the No. 33 WR in his class.
Lee - who has a reputation for creating big, explosive plays down the field - plans on making an impact from day one, telling The Devils Den: "I’m looking to come in and start. It’s going to be an explosive offense."
If you'd like to see the 6-1, 175 pound receiver in action, check here.