Today we begin our daily series of meeting the 2019 Tiger true freshmen with running back Michel Dukes.
In high school, Dukes was ranked by 247Sports as one of the top 50 running backs in the nation and as the No. 13 player at any position in South Carolina. He was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 21 player in the state and considered the No. 17 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com. A PrepStar All-Atlantic Region selection, Dukes concluded prep career with 685 carries for 8,762 rushing yards and 117 rushing touchdowns as well as 34 receptions for 743 yards and nine receiving touchdowns and led his team to an 11-2 record and a state runner-up finish as a senior in 2018 in the school’s first season in AAA … rushed 188 times for 2,030 yards with 29 rushing touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 136 yards with two receiving touchdowns in 2018.
He won Lonnie Robinson Memorial Award as SCISA Player of the Year and shared All-Lowcountry Player of the Year honors … notched 335 rushing yards in his penultimate high school game, a win over Porter-Gaud in the SCISA AAA semifinals … helped team to SCISA AA titles in 2016 and 2017.