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Dukes Becomes State’s 41st Football Commitment From 2018 Class In SC With Pledge To The Tigers

Dukes Becomes State’s 41st Football Commitment From 2018 Class In SC With Pledge To The Tigers

From Staff Reports

Charleston—The long wait for Mikey Dukes, star running back at First Baptist is over with his public announcement to attend Clemson at a school gathering in the gym at First Baptist on Saturday.

Clemson running backs coach and co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, a James Island native who grew up near the location of where the First Baptist School is located, kept in close communication with Dukes despite the Tigers not offering officially until he was offered and accepted privately on his official visit two weeks ago.

Dukes, (5-11, 190) who rushed for over 8,700 yards in his career, is a four-star rated running back who also excels on the basketball court averaging over 25 points a game. Dukes has said he would like the opportunity to walk-on the basketball team at Clemson at some point.  Dukes can also return punts and kicks and is a natural free safety as well.

Coach Elliott flew in to Savannah, Ga to watch Dukes play aganst Bethesda Academy in Duke's junior season where he had an outstanding game and then Elliott came to a home basketball game a few moths later as well. Dukes cited a close relationship with Coach Elliott as a chief reason he chose the Tigers from nearly 20 major college offers.

Dukes becomes the 41st in-state player from South Carolina to commit to a major college football program and the HSSR had forecast around 40 players would sign a year ago.  

Dukes will be honored on Sunday, February 10th with the 2018 Lonnie Robinson Memorial SCISA MVP award which is given out to the top senior player in SCISA every year by the HSSR.  Ironically, the Dr. L.A. & Donna Robinson family of Summerton S.C. will present the award to Dukes and they are huge Clemson fans. Their late son (Lonnie) played football at Clemson. Unfortunately, Robinson was killed in an accident on I-95 after graduating form Clemson.   

© 2017 High School Sports Report

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