UofL snags commitment from three-star CB

Louisville's pipeline to talent-rich Cincinnati remains open. After landing stars Preston Brown, Dominique Brown and Tyon Dixon from the Queen City last year, Charlie Strong struck again in southwest Ohio. This time, Louisville landed three-star corner Chris Dukes, who became the 17th prospect to join Strong's 2011 recruiting class Sunday afternoon.

Chris Dukes, a three-star cornerback from Cincinnati, Ohio, verbally committed to Louisville Sunday afternoon.

Dukes, 5'10, 180, spoke with Louisville head coach Charlie Strong and his recruiter, offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, about his decision.

"I called Coach Sanford and committed to Louisville," Dukes told InsideTheVille.com shortly after committing to the Cardinals.

Dukes, who chose Louisville over Boston College, Pittsburgh, Central Michigan and Toledo, is the 17th player in the Class of 2011 to commit to the Cardinals.

Three-star CB committed to Louisville Sunday afternoon.

"One of the main reasons I committed to Louisville is a couple of my past teammates - Tyon Dixon and Preston Brown - are both freshmen at Louisville," Dukes said. "I also played on the national 7 on 7 team this summer with [UofL commitment] DaMarcus Smith and me and him have a pretty good bond. When I was down for the Kentucky game a few weeks ago I spoke to him and a couple of the coaches and I've been in love with Louisville ever since."

Dukes, who runs a 4.43 forty and was second team All-State last season, said Sanford, who recruits southwest Ohio, was pleased with his decision.

"He was really excited about my commitment," Dukes said. "He said there's a pretty good chance of me playing next year, if not starting."

Dukes is aware that his buddies from Cincinnati, Brown and Dixon, are playing this season for Louisville as freshman. He believes he can do the same thing next season and the opportunity to help right away played a role in his decision.

"That was also a pretty big factor in my decision," said Dukes. "I want to go to a good program but I also want to play. That was one of the major reasons I made my decision."

Dukes, a physical defensive back and solid tackler, locks down the edge on defense for Colerain. He also plays on special teams, returning kicks. Last year, Dukes recorded 55 tackles and two interceptions as a junior.

"I'm doing pretty good. I have a bunch of pass deflections and a 67 yard punt return," Dukes said. "I think I can help with my physicality because I can throw receivers off their route."

Now that Dukes is in the fold for Louisville, the talented corner is going to try to get more players from Cincinnati to join him at Louisville next season, particularly longtime friend Steven Daniels, a three-star linebacker who plays at St. Xavier.

"After I committed to Louisville, I got off the phone and called Steven and let him know about my decision," Dukes said. "He said he's planning to make an official visit to Louisville soon and he'll let me know what he thinks after that visit."

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