Sandy Creek Cornerback High on Auburn

A football recruiting report on Sandy Creek High's Bruce Dukes is featured.

Tyrone, Ga.--Bruce Dukes has spent most of the summer working out close to home preparing for his senior football season, but that hasn't prevented the rising senior at Sandy Creek High from picking up more scholarship offers.

"I got a recent one from South Florida and another one from Central Florida," he says. "I got one from West Virginia and I got some others, but I can't remember the rest."

Those go with earlier offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Indiana and Cincinnati.

Despite the new offers, one he received earlier from Auburn is the one that seems to most interest the rising senior. On Tuesday he made what will likely be his final recruiting visit of the summer to bring his parents to the Auburn campus and meet with the coaching staff.

"I like how Auburn continues to get new stuff and move on," he says. "The dorm rooms are nice, the academic center with all of computers and counselors to make sure the athletes have success is really nice. My relationship with the coaches is good and my parents are comfortable with them, too. Right now, I would say Auburn is my favorite.

"I had visited once before and I wanted to bring my parents so they could get comfortable with the environment," Dukes says.

"We talked to the coaches about academics and my dad wanted to know about what is provided to scholarship students when they get to college.

"I want to play as a freshman and I got a lot of good information on the visit," he adds.

Dukes notes that he spent time with Auburn cornerbacks coach Phillip Lolley, who made it clear that recruits at that position are a high priority for the 2011 Auburn signing class. "I feel really good about my relationship with the Auburn coaches."

Commenting on his summer, the three-star cornerback says, "I haven't been doing much other than just working out and getting ready for the season. I went to camps at Tennessee and Clemson and they were pretty good."

Duke says he is in no hurry to make a decision about a college choice. "I am going to wait a little bit more on that," says Dukes, who notes that he plans to come back to Auburn to watch the Tigers play this fall. "I am going to try to come down to watch the Arkansas at Auburn game," he says.

A student with a 3.0 grade point average who is interested in studying mechanical engineering in college, he is a standout on the Sandy Creek High track and field team, too, and plays shooting guard on the basketball team.

The 5-10, 185-pound rising senior ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the Atlanta MVP Camp. Sandy Creek plans to take advantage of that speed by playing him both ways as a senior.

He says he believes Sandy Creek, the 2009 state Class AAAA state champion, will have a strong team again this fall. "We have the same goals as last year--win the region and win the state," Dukes points out. "I think we are pretty good and can pull off a repeat."

Dukes says that he begins preseason training camp on Wednesday."After camp, it's time for the season," he says.

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