Dukes Enjoys Visit to Raleigh

Gaffney (SC) junior linebacker Savon Dukes talks with Pack Pride about his visit to Raleigh for NC State's big game against Virginia Tech.

Savon Dukes, one of the top junior linebackers in the Palmetto State, was at NC State on Saturday for the Pack's game against Virginia Tech.
It was arguably one of the biggest games played at Carter-Finley Stadium in recent memory and though Wolfpack fans aren't happy with the outcome it appears that some of the recruits in attendance, including Dukes, left Raleigh very impressed with the atmosphere and NC State's performance.

It was Dukes' first time in Raleigh and so everything was new to him. He didn't get as thorough of a tour as he probably will later in the recruiting process if he decides to make a return trip but it was a great first taste of what life is like for a football player at State.

"I liked it," Dukes recalled. "It was exciting. It was good to be in that kind of atmosphere. Afterward we went in the locker room. They were kind of upset because of the loss but it was good."

As upset as the players were about the outcome the coaches had to be every big as disappointed. Nonetheless, head coach Tom O'Brien and his staff made themselves readily available to the recruits in attendance and were enthusiastic when talking about what NC State has to offer.

"I got to talk to the head coach a little bit. He was just talking about the program and the school. I liked him," Dukes continued.

Dukes said he doesn't know exactly how interested NC State is in him, but they must have him on their radar as the coaches invited him to the game. The Pack started sending letters to Dukes a long time ago and the letters haven't slowed down.

South Carolina, Florida State, Florida and Miami are four schools Dukes is hoping to hear more from, understandably, though it's not clear whether those schools are interested in him yet.

The 6-2, 207-pound prospect is a middle linebacker for Gaffney High School, which is 4-2 on the season. Dukes has made more than 60 tackles by his own estimation, and says he is the leading tackler in the area.

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