2014 Georgia football recruit player profiles: LB Detric Dukes

Scott Cunningham

Tomorrow is college football's National Signing Day, a huge event for fans in Bulldog Nation. In our efforts to profile every player in this coming class we now bring you a look at LB Detric Dukes

Watching Tucker's Detric Dukes evolve over the years has been a nice treat for those who follow Georgia's high school football. Tucker is a regular power, and always producing multiple top players and college prospects, so Dukes has been on the scene for a while now as a Tiger. You can watch how it began, as a sophomore playing mostly DE...

While a big sophomore, Dukes hasn't added much height or weight since, just growing into his body and getting quicker. As such, he slowly transitioned to MLB and has developed very well in that role as you can see below...

There's not much mystery to what we're getting here. He's not the biggest, or the fastest LB. He's not some raw athlete with room to grow and develop. He's about 6', 230-240, and well built. He's a very smart player, who uses his hands well shedding blockers (thanks time as a DL), and does a tremendous job diagnosing plays and making tackles. What I see almost makes me think of former LB Tony Gilbert a bit. Someone who goes a bit unnoticed, a bit unappreciated, but really knows his position and always seems to be around the ball whenever the play ends. Returning so many starters, Dukes isn't likely to get a lot of playing time early. And he may redshirt thanks to the depth, but whenever he does start contributing, expect it to be quality. He should be able to help tremendously on special teams, and like Gilbert, I wouldn't be shocked if big names fly all around him as he keeps starting and racking up tackles.

The former staff snuck this guy away from Louisville way back in the summer, and we can be thankful they didn't try to steal him back when they left. It's not a large LB class this year, but we've got a good one.

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