Clemson’s marquee early season matchup against Auburn on Sept. 9 in Death Valley is expected to attract a list of top recruits.
One prospect who is slated to visit for the contest is one of the Palmetto State’s finest, Charleston (S.C.) First Baptist 2019 running back Michel Dukes.
“I’ll be at the Clemson vs. Auburn game,” Dukes told The Clemson Insider. “I’m really excited, ready to see how the atmosphere will be.”
Dukes, who is ranked among the top five prospects in South Carolina for the 2019 recruiting cycle, most recently visited Clemson in June for the Dabo Swinney Camp.
It marked the third year that Dukes has competed at the camp, and Clemson certainly didn’t disappoint during his stay on campus this summer.
“No doubt one of the most hardworking football teams in the country,” Dukes said. “I could tell by how hard the coaches were pushing us during the camps, and also by the athletic facility.”
Dukes (5-11, 190) emerged on radars of power conference programs as a sophomore last season, when he rushed for 2,262 yards and 38 touchdowns to lead First Baptist to the AA state championship.
North Carolina jumped in with an offer to Dukes this week, joining Wake Forest and South Carolina on his offer sheet. Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are among those showing interest.
Dukes has heard good things from Clemson about his abilities as a running back and believes his talent could be of service to the Tigers in the future.
“I think they like my vision and explosiveness, and my hands,” he said. “I feel like I can bring all those tools and more to Clemson as a running back.”
Dukes, who also stars on the basketball court, has been clocked at around 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recorded a 36-inch vertical leap.
He is ranked by Rivals as the No. 4 prospect from South Carolina in his class.