Duke lands a good one

Duke lands a good one

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Ben Humphreys told us just a couple of weeks ago at The Opening he was planning to take a few official visits and wasn't in any hurry to make his college decision. That is no longer the case as the talented athlete just committed to Duke.

Duke is recruiting the West Coast harder than ever and it's definitely paying off. The Blue Devils scored a major coup on Saturday in picking up a commitment from Ben Humphreys.

Humphreys took an unofficial visit to Duke during his spring break and the trip made a huge impact on him.

"Right when I stepped on campus, I knew it was the place for me," Humphreys said. "I was planning to take some other trips but I was just talking to my dad the other day and told him I was ready to make my decision.

"I told him Duke was the perfect place for me and I didn't want to visit anyone else. They recruiting me hard from the beginning and I love the coaching staff. They have a great campus, the football program is going in the right direction and it's hard to beat their combination of athletics and academics."

Humphreys missed half of his junior season with a knee injury but showed this past spring/summer he's back to 100%. He was the LB MVP at the SoCal NIKE Camp and earned an invite to The Opening.

The athlete has the ability to play linebacker or safety at the next level. He played outside 'backer as a junior but will move to safety this coming season. He has good size and plenty of room to add to his 6-1, 205 pound frame. His football instincts are off the charts and he always seems one or two steps ahead of everyone else.

Humphreys is also a much better athlete than given credit for and could easily play receiver at the high major level. He has great hands, runs well and can jump out of the gym.

Both of Humphreys parents attended Stanford and his sister currently plays on the volleyball team. After camping with the Cardinal in late June, it was assumed an offer would be on the way. The athlete also camped with USC, another early favorite.

"I never worried about who did or didn't offer," Humphreys said. "I talked to those schools but I was always focusing on Duke. It was them and Washington, but Duke felt like home. I couldn't be happier right now and it feels great to have this decision out of the way so I can focus on my senior season."

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