Devontres Dukes is still committed to UCF so there hasn’t been any change there. Besides his actual status as a commitment there’s still a lot to be determined. He is not sure of what school he will sign with in February and it appears NC State could be a factor in that decision.
Dukes will be taking an official visit to NC State when the Pack plays Clemson in Carter-Finley Stadium. He will visit Middle Tennessee when they play Vanderbilt and he will visit UCF when they take on their in state rival USF.
He would like to visit two more schools but does not want to set those trips yet. Dukes wants to take his time, wait and find out if any other coaches decide to contact him. He is prepared to leave those two spots open and explore the three schools he has already set trips to in the meantime.
“I’ve been talking to NC State a lot. Almost every day. I even talk to the head coach. It’s the receivers coach and the head coach who are talking to me. Really they have been like that since the start of August or about then. I don’t even know what led to it to be honest. But I’m liking it. They basically tell me that I’m one of the top guys that they’re looking for. They need another big receiver since they already have one. They do have one but they want another. I’m liking that as well so I’m just ready for the visit and the Clemson game.”
Dukes said the coaches have talked to him a little bit about the offense they want to run. More than anything they have emphasized that they want Dukes (6-3, 200) because he is a big target in the passing game and somebody that could be difficult for cornerbacks to handle.
The coaches also said they are looking to throw the ball a little more than in the past although he understands the run game will still be important.
“The coaches are really easy to talk to. I don’t really have to talk to them about football. I can talk to them about anything. I just talked to the head coach the other day and I think we were just talking about football in general. He wished me good luck on my game. Really all the coaches there do that. They’re just telling me to hit them up after my game and let them know how it goes. They asked me how my family is doing and I really enjoy that. The receivers coach did the same thing.”
Dukes has not visited but he said a couple of his friends from Fayetteville went to one of the Wolfpack’s junior days. Dukes used to live in the Fayetteville area. He was there for almost a decade before leaving last year in April to move to Tampa, Florida. He likes his new home but he is not as deeply entrenched in Florida as a lot of football players from there.
Even though Dukes spent many years in North Carolina he was not around NC State much. Occasionally he would travel to Raleigh with family for one thing or another but the school is still mostly new to him.
NC State seems to have Dukes’ attention and also seems to be in a good place with him. Florida could shake everything up though. The Gators started sending Dukes letters just a little while ago and Missouri’s coaches have convinced Dukes to visit. In fact Dukes said he will be flying to Missouri three times this fall for unofficial visits. He will go to Missouri the week before their game against Florida and then for the Mississippi State and Tennessee games too.