The Georgia Bulldogs seemed to be having a bit of trouble keeping inside linebackers on the hook this recruiting season. While things looked promising, at least early on, with both Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, GA) and Korie Rogers (Buford, GA), things quickly fell apart on both counts as McMillan’s interests appeared to be located outside the state and Rogers opted for a spot at Clemson.
That said, the Bulldogs finally found their guy in Detric Dukes, who was committed to Louisville prior to accepting Georgia’s offer.
“I committed to Georgia,” Dukes said. “It has always been a program I wanted to go to because it is close to home, they have great tradition and great academics, so it was hard to turn down the offer to play for them. It feels great to be a Dawg and I am done with visits.” (Radi Nabulsi, ESPN)
The commitment of Dukes likely ends the Bulldogs recruitment at that position and should also give them an even greater presence at Tucker High School; for those who don’t know, Tucker is where a nother big time target of the Dawgs plays football—defensive tackle Elisha Shaw—and Dukes has already made it known that he plans to be in Shaw’s ear a bit.
While Dukes doesn’t have the highly-touted skill set of McMillan, or the athleticism and quickness of Rogers, his ceiling is high at the next level; he possesses above average defensive instincts and will be solid in run support. He also utilizes great technique when tackling which, aligned with his quick first step, make him a productive perimeter defender if called upon—no outside runs are getting past this kid.
Georgia continues to do well mining their state and, despite what may be said elsewhere, the coaching staff has done a fine job of keeping a lot of the major in-state prospects on speed dial; and with DawgNight right around the corner, there could be a few more who decide to answer the call.