The second national signing period began on Wednesday, and Duquesne head coach Jerry Schmitt revealed that the Dukes had 10 overall signees — five were high school seniors and five were transfers.
“We’re very happy about the class,” Schmitt said. “It’s a constantly changing landscape when you factor in the transfer portal. The two signee days have been around for awhile but it’s a constant variable. But we’re very happy with the class that we brought in this year.”
The second signing period for the Dukes is always a lot bigger than the first, which took place Dec. 16.
“It is a bigger class,” Schmitt said. “We got a number of high school seniors and transfers who joined us and are here on campus. And we included them in the class. This period we have 10 overall and five are transfers. The first class was six overall and four were transfers”
Schmitt said they signed three WPIAL players in the second signing class.
“We got a couple of really good local recruits,” Schmitt said. “Wide receiver Alex Gochis of Pine Richland, defensive lineman Brian Olan of Seneca Valley and offensive lineman Pierce Greiner of Carlynton. Those are our local guys.”
Former Pitt defensive lineman Noah Palmer also transferred to Duquesne. Palmer is a local product as well, as he played at Thomas Jefferson. Palmer will have two years of eligibility with the Dukes.
“He was such a good athlete at Thomas Jefferson,” Schmitt said of Palmer. “We believe he can play both on the inside and outside on the defensive line, and that will bode well for position flexibility. We like guys who are versatile.”
Old Dominion wide receiver Rafelee McCoy is another transfer. Schmitt says he has tremndous speed and will help replace the three or four receivers that they lost to graduation.
Schmitt believes McCoy along with the other transfers will help out a lot with depth.
“That’s what we’re looking for in our transfer, guys who can compete right away and provide us depth,” Schmitt said. “And then our younger guys can learn about college football through camp about the different level of playing football and they can get prepared to help us through the season.”
Schmitt said the Dukes’ 2022 schedule hasn’t been released yet, but he knows that they open with Florida State on the road. He also knows that Youngstown State and Hawaii are on the schedule.
As of right now, Schmitt said the Dukes are getting ready for spring ball. “We’re preparing for spring ball, which would start in the second week of March. Right now our guys are lifting and training and getting ready for spring ball.”