Duke Football Sends 3-Star 115 Letters, Photoshops Recruit at NFL Draft

Randy ChambersAnalyst IMay 22, 2013

Credit: 247Sports
Credit: 247Sports

Duke really wants defensive end Harrison Phillips of the 2014 recruiting class. The Blue Devils are known for making a splash in the basketball recruiting world, but Phillips has piqued the coaching staff's interest like none other.

The 3-star defensive player (according to the 247Sports composite rankings) came home one day and found that Duke had sent him 115 letters (h/t Lost Lettermen and College Spun). Yes, all of the letters were at one time.

If you are one of those people who need pictures for proof, Phillips took to his Twitter account to show just how desperate the Blue Devils are.

Looks like the Phillips family will be eating dinner in the living room for now on.

Sending an insane amount of letters has become the new trend in college football recruiting. Stanton Tuitt recently received 102 letters from the Tennessee Volunteers, while Drew Barker had his mailbox nearly explode due to 115 hand-written letters from the Kentucky Wildcats. Oh, and in case you are wondering, Barker did commit to the program that begged for his talents.

But things have been taken to a whole new level with Phillips. Not only did he rack up 114 more letters than he should have, but he now knows what he would look like if he were to be selected in the NFL draft.

Once again, Phillips tweeted a Photoshopped picture which is supposed to be him being drafted by an NFL team.

For the record, Duke has produced 95 NFL players, four of which are still active and three eventually were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Phillips has plenty of other offers, including Kansas State, Northern Illinois and Ohio, among others. Unfortunately, you can't see any of them, because Duke has buried the rest of the schools with its latest recruiting strategy.

Call it insane if you'd like. If it works, it's all that matters.

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