Louisville offers three-star Cincy teammates

Louisville scored big in Cincinnati last year, and Charlie Strong plans to raid the Queen City again this year. The Cardinals recently offered a pair of three-star teammates from Colerain HS - Chris Dukes and Trayion Durham, the nation's No. 1 fullback. Which prospect named the Cardinals his favorite?

Louisville scored big in Cincinnati last year, landing stars Preston Brown, Dominique Brown and Tyon Dixon. The Cardinals apparently intend on raiding the Queen City again in 2011.

Louisville just sent offers to a pair of three-star teammates from Cincinnati (OH) Colerain – 5'9, 160-pound cornerback Chris Dukes and 6'2, 200-pound fullback Trayion Durham, the nation's top-ranked fullback. The Cardinals have also offered several other Cincinnati-area players, including Benson Browne, Donovan Clark, Antonio Poole and Steve Daniels.

"When my coach told me Louisville offered I was very excited about it," Dukes said. "One of their coaches – [Offensive Coordinator] Coach [Mike] Sanford – came up last week and we got a chance to talk."

Louisville is latest school to offer Dukes, the No. 46 cornerback in the country, this spring. He currently holds eight offers, including ones from Louisville, Pittsburgh, Colorado and Boston College. Dukes and his family recently made an unofficial visit to Boston College.

Trayion Durham is the nation's top-rated fullback.
"Me and my parents went up to Boston College last month," Dukes said. "My parents really enjoyed it there. We had a good time. I went up there to see one of their spring practices."

Though he recently visited the Eagles, Dukes said Louisville is his current favorite.

"Louisville stands out because a couple of my players are going there," Dukes said. "Tyon Dixon is going there and Preston Brown and Dominique Brown are going there. We all played together in little league so Louisville is pretty high on my list so I can get to play with some of those guys."

Dixon, who also attends Colerain, spoke with Dukes Tuesday about his offer from the Cardinals. "He asked me when I planned on making my decision," said Dukes, who plans to visit Louisville this summer.

Dukes, who said he'll probably "make my decision at the end of the summer," recorded 54 tackles and two interceptions as a junior. "I would say my strengths are quick feet and good hips," Dukes said. "I need to work on is my ball timing skills, going up and making a play on the ball."

As for Durham, who holds offers from Minnesota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Boston College and Cincinnati, Dukes said he was equally as excited about the offer from Louisville. Durham rushed for 1,113 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

"He was real excited about it because we talking about going to school together and that gave us another school to consider," Dukes said.

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