Dukes To Check On Pitt

Pitt made its presence known in Ohio over the last year, signing quarterback Mark Myers, tight ends Dan Schneider and Brandon Carozzoni, offensive lineman Matt Rotherham and running back Andre Givens. Now they turn to the Cincinnati area.

With the Panthers getting five big signees from the northern and northeastern part of the state, they turn their attention to the Cincinnati area, home to a number of powerhouses including Colerain. Colerain cornerback Chris Dukes picked up his first offer from Pitt. He is up to nine offers, and recently added offers from Louisville and Marshall. This weekend, he is taking an unofficial visit to Pitt to get a better look at the campus.

"I'm going to Pittsburgh this weekend," Dukes said. "Actually, the first time, it was during football season. I didn't get a chance to see much of the campus. This chance, will be more. They're going to show me around the school, more in depth this time."

Dukes is being recruited by first-year linebackers coach Bernard Clark, who keeps regular contact with Dukes. Dukes doesn't have anything set in mind he wants to know about Pitt, as much as he just has a few minor questions that need answered.

"Right now, it's more about the campus and the school," Dukes said. "I actually get in touch with Coach Clark. I check every week to see how everything is going. I'll get my questions answered. Those are more about the school. I don't have any set questions.

"I didn't get a chance to see the facilities. By the time I showed up last time, I missed the tour. I had another visit to see the school, see the campus, the practice facilities and the weight room. I think (the visit) is a little both (football and academics)."

This is the only unofficial visit Dukes expects to take this summer. He will head to West Virginia for a prospect camp later this month, and is also making plans to take an official visit for the Boston College-Notre Dame game in the fall.

Pitt has not signed a player from Cincinnati, as part of any of its recruiting classes, since they signed Eric Thatcher (2004-08) out of Moeller High School. Thatcher went on to be a three-year starter at safety for the Panthers.

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