All five officials scheduled

SPARTANBURG - Phillip Dukes, the top defensive tackle in South Carolina has scheduled all five of his official visits.

DT Phillip Dukes Profile

Phillip Dukes will take his official visit to Clemson Jan. 14-16.
CUTigers caught up with Dukes after the Tuesday morning's Shrine Bowl practice session at Spartanburg High School.

"It's going pretty good. I don't like the cold weather, but I just have to deal with it," said Dukes, whose set official visits to Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Alabama.

Several committed prospects from Clemson, South Carolina and North Carolina are also playing in this year's game, but Dukes said he hasn't heard any recruiting pitches from any of those players.

Asked what his favorite part of the week is, he said, "Just being around the top recruited guys, just everyday making new friends."

Dukes, the No. 12 rated defensive tackle in the class of 2011, plans to make his announcement on National Signing Day in February.

"I'm looking for a good education, good coaching staff, the best place that feels like home," he said.

Several coaches stopped by Manning recently to check on Dukes.

Clemson defensive ends coach Chris Rumph, Alabama head coach Nick Saban, South Carolina recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer and defensive line coach Brad Lawing.

"I wasn't there. I had basketball practice. Coach Rumph was the only one [that visited at home]," Dukes said.

The four-star finished his senior season on the gridiron with 70 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, eight sacks, a blocked punt and three blocked field goals. He also scored two touchdowns.

In four basketball games this season, Dukes has averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds. Top Stories