The Georgia Bulldogs garnered commitment No. 11 on Saturday afternoon as in-state linebacker Detric Dukes switched his verbal commitment from the University of Louisville and Head Coach Charlie Strong to stay at home and wear the red and black.
Dukes committed to Louisville back on April 15, but earned an offer from the Bulldogs on June 15, which was his second visit to Athens in back-to-back weeks. Dukes’ scholarship offer flew under the radar somewhat, and rumors began to swirl that the new Georgia offer would change the mind of the young man and his family. The decision to flip his commitment to Georgia relied heavily upon the close proximity of Athens as well as the tradition and academics that UGA has to offer.
The 6-foot, 230 pound linebacker from Tucker High School in Atlanta is rated as a three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Dukes is the first linebacker commit in the 2014 class for the Bulldogs and will project to fit in nicely at inside linebacker for Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme.
Dukes has a natural ability to get to the ball and get there in a hurry. He will need some coaching on his footwork within the box and getting under his pads against SEC lineman to shed blocks, but he is great at flying to the football and making tackles in open space.
The Bulldogs currently have 11 commitments for the 2014 class and have been hot lately as six of those commits have come within the past couple of weeks. Georgia also looks to bring in coveted inside linebackers such as five-star Raekwon McMillan as well as four-star Rashaan Evans to aid Dukes in this year’s class.