Humphreys will "definitely" visit Duke

Ben Humphreys

Duke has already enjoyed terrific success in recruiting class of 2015, but a landing a four star outside linebacker ranked in the top 15 of his position? That could be the cherry on top, and it appears the Blue Devils are making strides to do just that.

With more than 20 offers and having secured a place as one of the top 200 players in the country regardless of position, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Ben Humphreys certainly qualifies as a big fish. The four star prospect is competing this week at The Opening and has impressed early on, but the real news was made on Tuesday when he confirmed some recruiting plans.

“I just camped at Stanford and USC and those went well,” Humphreys said. “I’m waiting to hear back from the coaches but they’re on vacation right now. I’m not really worried about it though, I have some other good options.”

Indeed he does. Humphreys is considering Cal, Duke, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington among others, with the Huskies and Blue Devils occupying a strong position.

“I’ll cut my list to five in August and Washington and Duke will for sure make the cut. I don’t know about the other three spots yet. I’m going to take at least two official visits and will see where things are at after those. If new schools come in I could take a few more trips so I’m just going to play it by ear.”

Humphreys’ point of contact for the recruiting period has been assistant coach Jeff Faris. He arned his way to The Opening by winning the LB MVP of the Los Angeles NFTC.

The 6-foot-3, 190 pound prospect has certainly impressed the Scout.com national staff including west coast analyst Greg Biggins who evaluated him as follows:

“Humphreys is the definition of a football player, he just knows how to play the game. His instincts are unmatched and he’s one of those guys that just seems to be a step ahead of everyone else on the field. He's a very good all around athlete with above average cover skills. He’s physically tough, can play in space and rush the passer. He ‘s a natural leader and easily one of the most under-rated prospects in the region.”

Scout.com considers Humphreys as a four star player, the No. 14 outside linebacker in the country, and the No. 192 player in the class overall, regardless of position.

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