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Duke recruiting needs

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

As promised, here's the second round of recruiting needs for the ACC. Today we're focusing on the Coastal Division. Let's start with the Blue Devils:

If coach David Cutcliffe is going to turn the Blue Devils' program around, he's going to have to lure a stronger, faster athlete to Durham, and his staff is working hard to do that.

The odds of freshmen playing in 2009 are greatest in the secondary and at the linebacker position, where the recruiting needs were the most pressing, but Duke's entire starting lineup on defense was comprised of juniors and seniors. The graduation of two starting linebackers -- Marcus Jones and ACC leading tackler Michael Tauiliili -- made that position a priority, and five have committed.

Safety Adrian Aye-Darko and corners Jabari Marshall and Glenn Williams are all seniors, and the staff is expecting at least five commitments from defensive backs.

Duke also wanted to build depth up front on both lines, as the staff will have to replace three starters on the offensive line,and the defensive line will graduate two starters and return two seniors. So far, Duke has four linemen on each side of the ball committed.

The Blue Devils will also have to replace receivers Eron Riley and Raphael Chestnut, but there is some youth behind them. Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis will be a senior, but the staff is excited about Sean Renfree, and isn't too concerned about the depth at quarterback for this recruiting class.