NCF On The Trail: Taariq Shabazz

The most important commitment in a team's recruiting class is a purely subjective. Is it the best overall recruit or the commit who fills the biggest need? Is it the lineman that has helped recruit other big-time prospects? And in six months, let alone a year or two, will they still even be on the team?

ACC reporters Corey Dowlar and Jared Shanker take these factors into effect and come up with the most important 2014 commitments for every ACC program.

Blue Devils land Peach State DE

July, 27, 2013
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Rising senior Taariq Shabazz (Kennesaw, Ga./Mountain) committed Friday to play for Duke, according to multiple reports. Defensive line coach Rick Petri was his primary recruiter.

Shabazz selected the Blue Devils over scholarship offers from Cincinnati, East Carolina, Georgia State, Southern Miss, UCF and Vanderbilt. Georgia Tech and Michigan State showed interest.

This spring, he registered an electronically-timed 4.90 40-yard dash, 4.80 20-yard shuttle, 31.2-inch vertical, 33.5-foot power throw and 74.58 SPARQ at at Nike Combine.

The 6-foot-2, 228-pound prospect, who will be evaluated soon, is commitment No. 13 for Duke.
With the acceleration of the recruiting process, not having an offer in March can lead to panic for some prospects. In part one of a six-part series, Recruiting Nation will feature five defensive players in Georgia who have yet to pick up an offer from a FBS (formerly known as Division 1A) program.

While there is no way to know just how the process will unfold for these recruits, their talent suggests that interest will continue to grow as more colleges evaluate them on film and in person.


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