‘Crazy’ Clemson atmosphere impresses in-state RB

‘Crazy’ Clemson atmosphere impresses in-state RB


‘Crazy’ Clemson atmosphere impresses in-state RB


One of the top running back prospects in the Palmetto State returned to Clemson on Saturday for the Auburn game.

Charleston (S.C.) First Baptist Church School’s Michel Dukes made the trip after previously visiting Clemson to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June.

“It was great,” Dukes said of his experience. “Everything was good about it.”

The environment in Death Valley was a factor in the Tigers’ 14-6 victory, and it made an impression on Dukes.

“The atmosphere of the game,” he said when asked what stood out about his visit. “It was crazy.”

Dukes, who is ranked among the top five prospects in South Carolina for the 2019 cycle, had a chance to develop his relationship with Clemson running backs coach Tony Elliott while on campus.

“Coach Elliott was talking to me and my family about some things and the other coaches were saying they were glad to have me up,” Dukes said.

“Our relationship is great,” he added of Elliott. “He’s like a mentor … always has a great answer for anything and I like that he’s always asking about my family.”

Dukes most recently received an offer from North Carolina in late August to go with others from South Carolina and Wake Forest.

He hopes to add an offer from the Tigers moving forward.

“They would be one of my top choices,” he said.

As a sophomore last season, Dukes rushed for 2,262 yards and 38 touchdowns to lead First Baptist to the AA state championship.

Dukes, who is also a standout on the basketball court, runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and has a 36-inch vertical leap.

He is ranked by Rivals as the No. 4 prospect from South Carolina in his class.



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