"It was great up there," Dukes said. "I got to hang out with the players and see the facilities. You know Garland [Heath] is up there, and we mainly stayed with the other skill position guys. It just made me feel like home because there are a lot of Florida guys at NC State."
Albert spent some time on Saturday at the RBC Center, as the Wolfpack battled Georgia Tech on the hardwood. While there he bumped into two NFL stars who just so happened to be Wolfpack alums.
"Yea, I went to the basketball game against Georgia Tech. I met Torry Holt there... that was tight. Koren Robinson was there too. They just told me that if you are a receiver then NC State is the place to be because they are going to chunk it a lot."
Before heading back home Dukes spent time with NC State Head Coach Chuck Amato.
"Yea we had a one-on-one talk. He just told me to not rush myself into a decision or anything like that. We talked about that and some other stuff."
It's not everyday that you meet an NFL star, much less two, but Albert Dukes experienced that this weekend in Raleigh. Surely that was the highlight of his visit... or was it?
"You know, being told by the head coach that he doesn't mind starting freshmen and the best man is going to play. That speech Coach Amato told me really stuck to me and was the highlight. I know a lot of coaches are going to say it and all, but he played thirteen freshmen this year so I know he's not pulling my leg."
Albert has officially cut his list down to two, but he's not yet ready to name a leader.
"I can't say that I have a favorite... I just know it's going to be between NC State and Ohio State."
What will be the biggest factor in his decision?
"Being able to play first and where I fit into the offense best. Both of the academic programs are real good at each school so that really even thems out."
When can we expect Dukes to make a verbal commitment?
"I'm not sure. I'm going to talk to my mom about it the next couple of days and we'll see."
Author's Note: Albert informed us that NC State assistant coach Doc Holliday will have an in-home visit Monday night. With a decision expected any day now, this could be a critical in-home for NC State.