Blue Devils host several offered prospects

Josh Malone

Over the weekend there was more than just basketball going on in Durham. In fact, the Blue Devil football program was hosting several of the top prospects on the 2014 recruiting board. So, who was on campus? TDD has it covered.

As Duke went through a pair of practices last week, including Saturday's first Spring scrimmage, the Blue Devils had a number of prospects who appear high on the recruiting board for 2014.

Perhaps the most notable player on campus was Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp standout Josh Malone, a 6-foot-2, 190 pound wide receiver who has been classified as a four star prospect by Scout.com. Malone has more than 20 offers from multiple high level BCS programs including Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Malone has earned a spot in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl already.

Next up in terms of offered prospects was Chicago area defensive lineman Enoch Smith, a 6-foot-3, 270 pound force in the middle who is considered the nation's No. 23 defensive tackle by Scout.com. Smith picked up an offer from Duke on the visit, while also visiting North Carolina and NC State.

Previously the Chicago are prospect named Notre Dame as the leader for his services, but since then the Irish have had competition from programs such as Tennessee and Michigan State.

With double digit offers, plenty of suitors and visits on the horizon, and finding the time to weave recruiting into his daily schedule is challenging.

"I'm enjoying it," he said. "I'm just trying to figure out what's best for me with coming in and playing defensive line. I'm looking for a school that has a strong engineering program, one with good (academics) and team chemistry."

The third offeree on campus this weekend was Georgia offensive lineman Andrew Marshall. The Cumming (Ga.) West Forsyth lineman measures out at 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds. He is considered a three star prospect by Scout, and the nation's No. 11 center.

Recruiting by coach John Latina, Marshall already picked up a Duke offer, and expects to have more on the way soon.

Getting that first scholarship offer felt good for this 6-foot-4, 265 pound junior offensive lineman.

"I have been waiting for a while to get that first offer, so finding out Duke offered was pretty amazing. I had been hearing that first offer was coming, so when it did, it felt great. It was great be from a school like Duke too."

Another lineman, this one without an offer, but closing in on one, was also in attendance this weekend. Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy's D.J. Mott sports a strong GPA, and has been a regular on the Montgomery Bell offensive line for two years as a right tackle. He is being recruited by Coach Latina as well.

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