One of the Palmetto State’s top running back prospects who visited Clemson last month drew a visit from a Clemson assistant this past Friday.
Co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott went out on the recruiting trail to watch Charleston (S.C.) First Baptist Church School 2019 running back Michel Dukes play.
All Dukes did was run for 150 yards and two touchdowns while averaging six yards per carry in First Baptist’s 38-7 win over St. Andrew’s (Savannah, Ga.).
“It was great seeing him at the game,” Dukes said of Elliott. “It meant a lot to me to have him actually come see me live instead of just film.”
Friday wasn’t the first time Dukes showed well with Elliott looking on, as he also impressed at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June.
NCAA rules prohibit coaches from talking to prospects off of a college’s campus, so Elliott reached out to Dukes via telephone after the game.
“We were talking about the game,” Dukes said, “and he just gave me advice on something I could improve on.”
Dukes said he and Elliott have developed a “great” relationship.
“I like that not only is he a great coach, but he’s also a great person,” Dukes said. “He’s always giving me advice, asking about family, and also we’re from the same area, so that’s a plus.”
Dukes made an unofficial visit to Clemson for the Auburn game on Sept. 9. He has also been to Georgia, South Carolina, Wake Forest and North Carolina this season, and plans to visit Virginia Tech on Saturday.
North Carolina, South Carolina and Wake Forest have offered Dukes, who has racked up 988 yards and 19 total touchdowns in seven games this season.
As a sophomore last season, Dukes rushed for 2,262 yards and 38 touchdowns to lead First Baptist to a state championship.