Tucker LB Dukes commits to Georgia

Georgia added its 11th commitment for the class of 2014 on Sunday with a verbal pledge from Tucker linebacker Detric Dukes.

Tucker LB Dukes commits to Georgia
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Dukes (6 foot, 215 pounds) had been committed to Louisville until this weekend.

“He really liked Louisville, but he probably committed too early,” Tucker coach Brian Lamar said. “Detric went up to Georgia and hung out, and he really liked it. We kind of knew that Georgia was going to end up offering him.”

Dukes visited with Georgia coach Mark Richt in June for a summer camp, which was where the Bulldogs extended a scholarship offer.

“It wasn’t like this was an out the blue thing,” Lamar said.

Dukes is rated as a three-star prospect by Fox Sports NEXT.

Lamar said Dukes’ decision to pick the Bulldogs would probably not affect the decision of fellow Tucker prospect Elisha Shaw, who is a four-star defensive tackle with offers from Georgia, Alabama and a slew of others.

“Each kid is different, and we have a talented class right now,” Lamar said. “We have six kids with offers from BCS conferences, so I don’t think one commitment affects another. I don’t think one kid sees Detric going to Georgia and then they say, ‘Oh, I want to go to Georgia.’ I think Elisa likes Georgia — they are up there at the top with some other programs. I say that Detric’s decision won’t effect Elisa, but these days you never do know.”

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