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Duke Football Recruiting: Mike Elko Is Really Getting It Done

Could this end up as Duke’s best class ever?

Military Bowl Presented by Peraton - UCF v Duke
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 28: Head coach Mike Elko of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates with Riley Leonard #13 after a victory against the UCF Knights in the Military Bowl Presented by Peraton at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 28, 2022 in Annapolis, Maryland.
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It’s still too early to be sure, but it’s possible that Duke AD Nina King has made two brilliant hires in Jon Scheyer and Mike Elko.

Scheyer had a great first season and, not incidentally, overcame some tough breaks.

And Elko ripped off a 9-4 season in his first year at Duke and the losses were highly competitive.

So what’s he doing to follow up on that terrific start?

Well how about lights-out recruiting.

Duke has had a few good seasons over the years. Steve Spurrier built a solid program, Fred Goldsmith had one awesome season and David Cutcliffe set a whole new standard for modern Duke football to aspire to.

But none of them had immense success in recruiting.

Elko, on the other hand, is having a great recruiting year. How good?

Well, Duke’s class is currently ranked #22 nationally (composite ranking) and a lot of that has come in the last few days.

The only caution is that in football, commitments at times are just temporary and it’s possible that some of these guys might end up elsewhere.

Even if that happens though, Duke is flexing unexpected chops on the recruiting trail and momentum seems to favor the Blue Devils right now.