Duke Football has been looking to add a couple of defensive linemen to the Class of 2014, and this morning they got one of their top targets in Taariq Shabazz. The Acworth, GA native from Kennesaw Mountain High School chose the Blue Devils over offers from Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, East Carolina and others.
He had originally planned to make his decision in the beginning of August, but after taking a visit to Georgia Southern a week ago, decided he knew where he wanted to play football. Shabazz called Defensive Line coach Rick Petri this morning and gave him the good news over the phone.
"After that visit I finalized my decision with my family and decided to get it done," Shabazz said. According to Shabazz, who has played linebacker in the past but will play defensive end in college, "Southern Miss, ECU and Vanderbilt" were the four other schools that he considered before committing to Duke. On a visit to Duke on June 13th, Petri and defensive grad assistant coach Matt Guerrieri gave Shabazz and his mother the full tour. "It was a really nice campus," the rising senior said, "they sold me on the education there and I really liked the coaches."
Shabazz carries an 84.4 rating in the industry-generated 247Composite and an 89 (1 point away from being a 4-Star) by 247Sports.com national analysts. He becomes the 13th member of a Duke recruiting class that is shaping up to be one of the best in the school's history, with all members rated as 3-Star or better.