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Cerenord, 3-Star DT, Picks Duke

Monday, January 20, 2014 1:20am
By: Brian Geisinger

Early Sunday morning - less than 24 hours after its men's basketball team took down N.C. State - Duke landed the 17th commitment of its 2014 football recruiting classEdgar Cerenord is the newest Blue Devil, pledging to David Cutcliffe's program during the last day of his official visit to the Durham campus.

Cerenord is a three-star defensive tackle, who played his prep ball for Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage High. 247Sports.com has him pegged as the No. 55 DT nationally and as the No. 112 player in the state of Florida.

As far as experience goes, the Blue Devils are currently top heavy along their defensive line. That's a good thing for the Blue Devils in the short term, but in the long run they'll need to quickly rebuild their depthCerenord looks like he can be a major player in this process. He joins Quaven Ferguson - a two-star recruit, according to Scout.com - as the two DTs in Cutcliffe's incoming class.

The 6-2, 290-pound tackle was a highly sought-after recruit, too. Dating back to last summer, Cerenord was mulling over 20 scholarship offers - Arkansas and Wake Forest were both high on his list at one point. According to what Cerenord told Deacon Illustrated, he never heard from the Wake Forest coaching staff after Dave Clawson replaced Jim Grobe at the helm.

Cerenord's senior campaign was a success: he racked up 75 tackles, five sacks and an interception. Orlando Sentinel recruiting writer Chris Hays labeled Cerenord as "one of the most under-rated players in the state" and described the defensive tackle as athletic and physical, with a "non-stop motor". He's highly skilled at shedding blocks, especially with a swim move. Some recruitniks have likened Cerenord to Warren Sapp and Vince Wilfork - which is high praise.

If you'd like to see Cerenord in action, check his Hudl page.