Dukes hoping to be playmaker for UM (w/video)

With a need at outside receiver, Michigan is looking to bring in plenty of talent at the position in the class of 2013. One wide out hoping to fill that role in Ann Arbor is Marion Franklin (OH) high school's Michigan commitment Jaron Dukes. Dukes talked to GBW about his game versus Taco Charlton's team last Friday, and more.

As a competitor a loss is the worst possible feeling to experience. For Marion Franklin (OH) high school wide out Jaron Dukes it's even harder because of how rare it happens to he and the Red Devils. 24-2 the previous two seasons, Dukes and Franklin went on the rode Friday to take on Pickerington Central and came up on the short end of the stick, losing 45-24. The rare loss left Dukes with a variety of emotions. "It was a little bit of everything," Dukes told GoBlueWolverine. "I was confused. I was angry, I was sad. I was hurt. It was just emotions everywhere, and I was just like, hold on. It didn't seem real and it felt like a dream, kind of like—what? What just happened?"

While Dukes was trying to deal with defeat and make sense of it all, his future teammate at Michigan and last week's adversary on Pickerington Central, Taco Charlton, had a few encouraging words after the game.

"He saw I was real hurt, and he was like—hey man, keep your head up," said Dukes. "You know we got love for you and we got love for each other. Just keep your head up, you played a great game and gave us some work. You didn't play bad at all, you had a great game."

On one occasion during the game, Dukes caught a comeback route, broke a tackle, and Charlton sprinted from his defensive end position to make the tackle.

"Yeah I realized it was him," said Dukes laughing. "That's somebody you can't miss."

Duke's quarterback connected with him in the game on three curls routes, and even tried a few attempted statue of liberty plays to him.

"I felt I did great," said Dukes. "I was getting open and trying to get out on my routes. When I did catch the ball I got big yardage and great gains. I broke a couple tackles. I just thought the one that I missed, that tipped off my hands—not to be cocky but I don't think that corner was very good, but I just wasn't focused."

Asked what the main focus is in his game this fall, Dukes was very humble in his own critique.

"Everything," said Dukes. "I give the same answer every time, because there's no this or that. I just like to think that if I want to get better I have to increase everything."

If Dukes can increase his skills in every category, the Wolverines could have the big, pass catching threat it craves at outside receiver when the 6'4, 200 pounder arrives on campus in the summer of 2013.

"I want to increase all of my abilities and everything, because I want them to see that I can be that receiver," said Dukes. "I want them to see that I can be that go to playmaker that they need and that they want."

If you missed highlights of Dukes performance against Pickerington Central, click on the link below.

Dukes against Pickerington Central.

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