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Sunday, June 23, 2013
Analysis: Dukes fits role at ILB

By Radi Nabulsi


ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia coaching staff is using new technology to pull in old-school football players. Messages on Facebook and Twitter as well as the tried-and-true handwritten letters are helping the staff cast its nets where the fish are, so to speak. But the new techniques do not reflect a change in the targets themselves. Georgia wants hard-nosed, tough players and it got that in new Bulldogs commit Detric Dukes (Tucker, Ga./Tucker).

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Dukes is projected to play inside linebacker at Georgia, and his downhill, run-stopping abilities should prove to be an asset. Dukes has a throwback, nasty mentality when working in inside but also possesses a strong analytical skill set when watching the play develop. In other words, he makes a decision quickly and correctly and then arrives with bad intentions.

Georgia did not need to take an inside linebacker in this class. After signing five prospects in the Class of 2013, the Bulldogs could have skipped that position in 2014. With Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson manning the starting Mike and Moe linebacker spots in the spring, a couple of freshmen -- Ryne Rankin, Shaun McGee or Tim Kimbrough -- might redshirt this season.

In light of that possibility, the coaches only offered a few inside linebackers, as there is limited space in the Class of 2014. Mark Richt invited five-star ILB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) and four-star Shaun Dion Hamilton (Montgomery, Ala./Carver), two nationally coveted prospects in the ESPN 150, to come play in Athens next year. Hamilton committed to Alabama and McMillan looks like a longshot at this point. A couple other outside linebackers that Georgia wanted to move inside -- Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) and Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford) have committed to South Carolina and Clemson, respectively. The Bulldogs are being picky with who they want at the position and Georgia felt it could not pass up a tackling machine like Dukes.