First Baptist RB Michel Dukes opened his season last Friday night rushing for 178 yards and 3 touchdowns. He spent much of his summer in AAU basketball but his focus is back on football now and recruiters are picking up their intensity with him.
Dukes, who was offered by Virginia earlier in the week, continues to talk regularly with running back coaches Bobby Bentley of USC and Tony Elliott of Clemson. USC has offered, Clemson has not. Both coaches plan to scout him once the dead period ends.
“They want me,” Dukes said of the Gamecocks. “He’s just telling me to be patient,” he said of Elliott.
Dukes said he’s also now hearing from Syracuse, Tulane and Tennessee and starting to build a relationship with recruiters from those schools.
He has set his first official visit to East Carolina for September 7th, the weekend of the North Carolina game. The Pirates are making a strong play for him.
“Every day, they’ve been contacting me almost every day,” he said.
Dukes said he plans to set an official visit with USC for later in the season. As for next Saturday’s opening games at USC and Clemson, he said because of the early kickoffs he did not think he could make it to either.
Dukes said right now the schools recruiting him the hardest would be USC, Clemson, East Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia. There is no leader at this point.