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Duke's Recruiting Class Jumps Up To No. 1 With 5-Star Zion Williamson

Zion Williams was injured during the McDonald's All-American Game.

Zion Williamson spurned his two home-state power programs, and went with the blue blood Duke Blue Devils.

This was a hard recruitment to get a handle on, to Zion Williamson's credit. Blue bloods Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina were all involved throughout, but in the late days, it looked like the local teams might have an edge.

At first, Clemson and South Carolina both seemed like hometown inclusions. Instead, it appears that both were pretty legitimate candidates down the stretch.

South Carolina made a shocking run to the Final Four and added blue-chip wing Brian Bowen in the days leading up to Williamson's decision. Clemson is off to a red-hot start in 2017-2018, and has a strong family connection.

In the end, he chose Duke, like so many five-star players before him. He cements a truly ridiculous recruiting class for Mike Krzyzewski.

Zion is the No. 3 player in the country. He is the top player from South Carolina, and the nation's No. 1 power forward.

Heading into the commitment, Duke already had the No. 2 class in the country, per 247Sports. Only Oregon's four-man class was slightly ahead.

Now, the Blue Devils are the definitive No. 1. With Williamson in the fold, Duke has the top three players in the country, and four of the top ten.

Here is the updated top five, with Williamson's decision. Via 247Sports:

A screenshot of 247Sports' basketball recruiting rankings.

No. 1 recruit R.J. Barrett. No. 2 recruit Cameron Reddish. No. 3 recruit Zion Williamson. No. 8 recruit Tre Jones.

There's not much you can say about that. It's always hard to top Duke on the recruiting trail, and Coach K kicked things up another level today.