Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski will hit the road later this week to conduct several in-home visits with 2013 recruits.
The first in-home visit will take place Sunday in Ottawa, Kansas as Krzyzewski will continue to make his sales pitch to Semi Ojeleye, who is the No. 22 overall player in the class according to scout.com. The physically imposing 6-foot-6 wing is down to four schools– Duke, Indiana, Oregon and Stanford.
Ojeleye picked up a scholarship offer from the Duke coaching staff early this summer when he was in Durham for an unofficial visit. Since that trip east, several recruiting analysts feel like Duke might be the frontrunner in his recruitment.
Austin Nichols– a 6-foot-9 power forward from Memphis, Tennessee– will host the Duke coaches September 10.
The next day, Krzyzewski and most likely assistant coach Jeff Capel will travel to Dallas, Texas and attempt to woo Julius Randle, who most fans feel is the most important recruit for the Blue Devils in 2013.
Randle, the N0. 4 overall player in the class according to scout.com, has a busy schedule these next few weeks with in-home visits. In addition to Duke’s in-home visit, the talented 6-foot-9 lefty will host coaches from North Carolina State and Kentucky (Sept. 9), North Carolina (Sept. 10), Kansas (Sept. 12), Oklahoma (Sept. 17), Oklahoma State (Sept. 18), Texas (Sept. 19), Florida (Sept. 20) and Baylor (Sept. 22).
Recruits are allotted five official visits and Randle has plans to officially visit Florida the weekend of October 6 for the football game against Louisiana State. Randle has not yet indicated where he will take his remaining four official visits. Duke, however, is thought to be in a good position to receive an official visit from Randle.
On September 12, the Duke coaching staff will conduct an in-home visit with Blue Devil commit Matt Jones.
There is still no word on when Krzyzewski will have an in-home visit with Jabari Parker, the No. 1 player in the class according to scout.com.
This summer, Damian Jones, a 6-foot-9 big man, expressed that the Duke coaching staff had made contact with him. After committing to Vanderbilt over the weekend, Jones is now off the board.