DT Phillip Dukes Profile
Manning High School defensive tackle Phillip Dukes could one day join Daniel High School's DeShaun Williams as an in-state, 2011 defensive tackle who is verball committed to Clemson.
"My favorite is Clemson," Dukes told CUTigers recently. "I'm going to wait until signing day to commit."
During his junior season as a tackle and end on the Manning defense, Dukes had 50 tackles, 10 sacks two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Now, he's playing basketball, scoring about 20 points per game and grabbing six or seven rebounds, he said.
Clemson defensive ends coach Chris Rumph is Dukes' recruiter of record.
"He came down the week after we came back from Christmas break," Dukes said.
Though his senior season on the gridiron is still several months away, Dukes has plenty of goals for himself.
"I want to get my stats a little better. I want to work hard during the offseason and get my grades up in school," he said.
At 6-2, 275 pounds, Dukes projects as a tackle at the collegiate level, even though he plays both tackle and end at Manning.
"It doesn't really matter which one I play," he said.
Dukes, who claims offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee and Maryland, among others, was also on hand in Death Valley to see Clemson beat Florida State 40-24 last November.
"It was a good game. I really enjoyed the trip," he added.
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