Dukes Talented and Coachable

Columbus Marion Franklin (Ohio) head coach Brian Haffele talks about wide receiver Jaron Dukes, the newest Michigan commitment.

Michigan added to their 2013 class today when Columbus Marion Franklin wide receiver Jaron Dukes committed to the Wolverines, and head coach Brian Haffele says they are getting a great kid on and off the field.

"He's very coachable," Haffele said. "That's probably his biggest asset. When guys start getting recruited heavy, you get the 'me' thing and the 'I' thing, but you ask him to block, he will. He's an honest, coachable young man."

Dukes has not played the game for long, which makes his production as a junior even more surprising.

"He's realized he's at home on the field. He's a big 6'5, 200-lb receiver and he runs well. He's not a burner. He's a 4.6 guy, but he has tremendous, good hands. He has a great ceiling because he's only played football for three years, but he played football as a freshman and took off as a sophomore, fell in love with and realized that a 6'5 receiver is a lot harder to come by than a 6'5 small forward."

Haffele knows Dukes still has work to do before this season and before he gets to Ann Arbor, but he also knows that he will put in that work.

"He needs to work on overall size and speed. He needs to get to that 4.5 range to be legit in the Big Ten. In the Big Ten, the defensive backs are stronger, bigger, faster, so he has to get his body bigger, stronger, faster. He's young for his class actually, so just the whole maturity of his physical stature, he's just going to get better and better. It's just the beginning of his career now. He has to finish strong here and get ready to leave and go to Ann Arbor."

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