WR High on Canes

Glades Central High School has featured some of south Florida's best wide receivers in recent years. From Reidel Anthony to Reggie Vickers to Santonio Holmes, the Raiders have had a bunch of a good ones.

Waiting next in line to add his name to that list is Albert Dukes.

At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Dukes began playing football at an early age and it didn't take long before he started to make an impact.

"I've been playing for a long time now," Dukes said. "It's something that I love. I love going out and making plays every week. I've had cousins and stuff that have played too."

Dukes, who is a cousin to Vickers, is in the middle of summer conditioning workouts.

"Things are going good," he said. "We're working hard as a team. We need to get back on track and hopefully get back to the state game."

If Dukes can improve on his performance from a season ago, the passing game should be in good shape. He caught 17 passes for just over 400 yards and six touchdowns.

Dukes, who was one of the top wide receivers at this year's NIKE Camp is still waiting on test scores to determine his academic status.

The talented wide receiver, who also competes in basketball, had a busy spring talking to college coaches. He even spoke to some head coaches, including Miami's.

"I talked to a lot of different people in May," he said. "A lot of coaches came by the school to see me and then we talked on the phone. I talked to Larry Coker from Miami. He was basically telling me about their program and that he's interested in recruiting me this year. I told him I'd make a good fit into their offense."

Dukes said the Hurricanes are at the top of his current list of favorites, which has four on it right now.

"I'm looking at Miami, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Florida State," he said. "They're all good teams and I like all of them pretty much the same right now."

Dukes talked about what he likes about the Hurricanes.

"They're kinda close to home and they produce the best players," he said. "Miami only goes after the best and I'm happy they're recruiting me. I'm hoping they offer but they wanted to see more of my I guess."

The Glades Central standout was asked about the depth chart at the schools he's looking at.

"They don't matter to me," he said. "There's gonna be competition wherever you go so why not go someplace that's going to make you a better player."

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