DURHAM—A quick scan down Duke’s roster reveals a notable surname: Mellencamp. And yes, Hud Mellencamp, a freshman walk-on, is the son of the legendary rock star, John.
Listed as a defensive back, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Mellencamp was homeschooled throughout high school and has never played football before, but his family called the coaching staff and asked if they would visit with him after he was accepted to Duke.
Cutcliffe called him a “courageous” young man that was trying to do something new.
“We’re going to spoon feed him, let this thing go slow,” Cutcliffe said, adding that Mellencamp, who is one of two No. 17s on the roster, does have boxing experience.
Mellencamp is not the only person at Duke with a rock star dad—Bruce Springsteen’s daughter, Jessica, attends the school as well.