February 23, 2012
Marion-Franklin's Dukes says Michigan 'just felt right'
At the end of the school day Wednesday afternoon, Marion-Franklin wide receiver Jaron Dukes sat down with coach Brian Haffele and talked about what had started to become obvious to him in recent days.
Now was as good of a time as any to announce his verbal commitment.
Dukes, who says he's grown to 6-foot-5 in recent months, will take his tall and athletic body to Michigan after verballing shortly after meeting with his coach.
Although Dukes isn't rated by Rivals.com or Scout.com, he does have numbers on his side: He runs the 40 in 4.6 and he finished with 36 catches for 670 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
Dukes also had offers from Toledo and Illinois and was considering Wisconsin but has had Michigan at the top of his list since visiting the school Feb. 10.
Since last Saturday, Michigan has added nine members to its 2013 recruiting class. Others from central Ohio to commit were Pickerington North tight end Jake Butt and Pickerington Central defensive end Taco Charlton.
"I sat down with my coach and he said, 'Are you 100 percent on this?'" Dukes said. "I said, 'Yes.' When I took the visit even before all of those guys committed, it just felt right."
Dukes is one of several Marion-Franklin players who should be on the recruiting watch over the coming days. Quarterback Corry Benson, offensive lineman Damon Dillard and athlete Joe Alverson also could end up as Division I recruits from the 2013 class.
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