Linebacker is one of the positions of need for Syracuse in 2014. They have several on their radar, and recently offered Tucker High School product Detric Dukes. Interest in Dukes continues to skyrocket as he gets more exposure.
"Right now I have offers from Buffalo, Syracuse, Indiana, Middle Tennessee and Auburn," Dukes claimed. "Right now Auburn is coming at me pretty hard. Georgia is coming at me hard and so is Louisville. Georgia might offer soon."
With one SEC offer already in the books in Auburn, adding in-state Georgia to the mix would be very meaningful for Dukes.
"Getting an offer from Georgia would be big," the Tucker (GA) product said. "It would allow me to develop into a true inside linebacker. I like the program and their education. I want to go to school for physical therapy or sports management, and they have real good programs."
If the Bulldogs were to offer, could another school still swoop in and take him out of state? Dukes says they can if the right opportunity is there.
"How quickly I can come in and play," Dukes outlined. "I want to be able to play right away, so depth chart is important."
The new Orange staff has been hitting the recruiting trail hard to try to make a big early splash. They went down to visit Tucker High and ended up offering Dukes.
"I can't remember his name," Dukes admitted. "I think it was the linebacker coach (Clark Lea). I met him directly and then before he left he talked to my coach. Then I talked to my coach before the end of the day and he told me Syracuse had offered. He told me I was very explosive, I have nice size, and I can run. He said I'd fit in great with what they're trying to do up there.
"Honestly, I don't know very much about them. I know a player from my school is going to Syracuse. I look forward to getting to know more about them and visiting them. Right now my interest level out of ten is probably like a six for Syracuse."
The player who has already committed and signed to Syracuse is Alex Hayes. The two are close friends, but Hayes isn't putting any pressure on Dukes to join him up north.
"Me and Alex Hayes are very close," Dukes explained. "He hasn't really tried to get me up there he just tells me to go where it fits me. He hasn't tried to get me to go Syracuse or told me to come to Syracuse. He wants what's best for me. That means a lot. It'd be cool to play with him though."
The offer from Syracuse was a sign that he was starting to get noticed. Shortly after that offer came, so did ones from other schools like Auburn. Still finding out what the Orange are all about, Dukes plans on visiting the hill.
"I was very surprised because that was my first big offer," Dukes remarked. "I was excited. It felt very good. I plan on taking a visit up there."
While playing time may be the most important thing for the Tucker (GA) standout, there are other factors that will play a role in his decision as well. Education was something Dukes continued to refer to when discussing where he would end up.
"I'm looking to go to school in sports management," the 6-foot linebacker said. "So that's really important. I want to be in a good program. Other than the depth chart, that's about it. I would like to decide before my senior season starts. Sometime towards the end of the summer."
The talented linebacker will be attending Georgia's junior day this weekend.