It’s been a busy fall for First Baptist Christian Academy (SC) 2019 running back Michel Dukes (5-10, 190). The three-star prospect has taken numerous visits, and this weekend he’ll be playing for a state title.
Saturday, the Hurricanes will take on Trinity-Byrnes (SC) in the SCISA AA state championship game. For Dukes, this fall has been about managing and improving himself on the field, but also readying himself for the next level. Any advancement in his recruitment, however, is still some time away.
“I think I grew as a player and a teammate this season,” Dukes said. “I’m just leading the team, trusting in myself and being a better leader. I think I got stronger, my vision got better and that’s the main thing. I gained some weight, too. I’m trying to keep working on my speed, pre-step.”
Dukes now has six offers, after Virginia Tech offered Oct. 28, when he visited for the Hokies’ win over Duke. Dukes also has offers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Old Dominion and Georgia State.
“They offered me like two hours before the game,” Dukes said. “It felt good. I was kind of expecting it because the running backs coach (Zohn Burden), he came to my school before one of my games. He came to see me and he kind of told me that they were fixing to do it. He just wanted to wait until I met the coach and to do it when I got there.”
Burden and Dukes have talked on numerous occasions, and Dukes said their relationship continues to grow.
“We’ve been talking like once a week,” Dukes said. “He’s just trying to build a relationship. If I decide to go there, we’d be good. Since he’s the running backs coach and I’m a running back, we already have a good relationship. It’s good so far.”
The visit to Blacksburg was the first for Dukes, Rivals.com’s No. 4 player in South Carolina for 2019. And it stood out for a few aspects.
“That was different, too,” Dukes said. “That was wild. Their intro into the game, when their players come out, they started playing that song and the whole crowd got into it and started dancing. It was crazy, but I liked it.”
This fall, Dukes went to games at North Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Wake Forest and Georgia State. Of all those stops, however, one especially appealed to Dukes.
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