Shrine Bowl Interview with Marion Dukes

Pickens offensive lineman Marion Dukes had his hands full with the North Carolina defense Saturday afternoon in Rock Hill, but the senior took more away from the week then just a football game. spoke with Dukes after the Shrine Bowl to get his thoughts on the past week, and his team's overall performance.

Clemson verbal commitment Marion Dukes knew that the South Carolina team would have their hands full with North Carolina Saturday afternoon at the Shrine Bowl.

And the results proved it. South Carolina fell to North Carolina by a score of 28-0.

"They had some great all-star players out there today, there's no doubt about that. But we held our focus and kept playing hard, but they just had a fast defense, a very fast defense. The thing is though- we are all All-Stars today, that's what this game is all about," said Dukes.

"We had heard coming in that their weak point was going to be their linebackers, but their linebackers seemed like a strong point to us," Dukes said laughing.

Despite the score of the game, Dukes had some great times this past week, namely getting to see the kids in the hospital and making new friends.

"This week was awesome. Getting to go see the kids really touched me a lot. It just makes you think how fortunate we all are to be here today playing football. It's something that I know I'm never going to forget- it really had a positive effect on me," added the Pickens native.

Now that his high school football career is officially over, the focus for Marion now turns towards recruiting, not for him, but for several of the players that will wait until January to make a decision.

Dukes had the opportunity to speak with everybody on the South Carolina team that was "on the fence" this week, and here is what he had to say:

"Well for Eric Young, it really is going to come down to USC and Clemson, he's sitting on the fence right now and he's not leaning either way. It will come down to the official visits with him."

"I do know now that Noah Whiteside is leaning to Clemson. Terrell Allen- it looks like he is going to Pittsburgh," added Dukes. "But he hasn't committed yet, he'll probably do it on his official visit." Top Stories