Rated the #2 lineman in the state according to the Charlotte Observer… first team AP All-State member (all classifications)… first team All-Region 2001 and 2002… most valuable offensive lineman and team captain his senior year… graded out at 80 percent with five pancakes and 10 knockdown blocks his senior year… #8 prospect in the state according to Mickey Plyler and Borderwars.com… #9 prospect in SC according to SuperPrep and member of All-Mid Atlantic team… #10 prospect in the state according to Rivals.com… Tom Lemming All-Mid Atlantic Team member… PrepStar All-Atlantic Region member … #50 offensive lineman in the country by Rivals.com… 2002 Shrine Bowl participant… also made 36 tackles and six sacks over his career as a defensive lineman… starter on the basketball team… played for Coach Andy Tweito… chose Clemson over South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
More on Dukes: Dukes was offered by Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland, Vandy and Army. Played for Andy Tweito and former NFL coach Sam Wyche at Pickens. Recruited by Rodney Allison.
Quoting Dukes: “When I was one year old my dad died of leukemia, but he was an outstanding basketball player. He could have went to a lot of colleges. My cousins were great football players – All-Americans at Pickens High School. I had a cousin named Zion McKinney that was at the University of South Carolina. I just came from a great deal of athletes – basketball, football and baseball.”
“I’m good at pass blocking. I can move my feet real good and I’ve got good upper body strength.”
“You learn so much from (Andy Twieto and Sam Wyche). They show you so much character and discipline. They show you how to play with your heart. They show you how to just go out there and use what God gave you.”
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