There's no denying former Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel was a huge part of the Blue Devils' recruiting wins in recent years that led to them enrolling the nation's top-ranked class in four of the past five seasons. So it was totally reasonable for some to wonder if his departure to become Pitt's head coach last March might cause Mike Krzyzewski's program to slip a little, or a lot, on the recruiting trail in his absence.
It's not really happening, though.
That's because Duke secured a commitment on Thursday from Vernon Carey — meaning the Blue Devils now have commitments from three top-40 prospects in the Class of 2019. Obviously, that's not the same as getting three top-five prospects like Duke got in the Class of 2018. But it is good enough to give the Blue Devils the No. 6 class in 2019, according to 247Sports. And considering Duke is still seriously involved with at least two other top-10 prospects, it's possible, if not probable, Coach K's class will improve with time.