Internet rumors went flying recently that Jaron Dukes, a UM commit for the 2013 season, had his scholarship revoked by Brady Hoke. I asked Jaron for an interview, and he graciously took some time to address these issues.
Rumors are that Brady Hoke revoked your scholarship offer; is it true?
JD: The rumor is not true; Brady Hoke never said anything to me. I have talked to Coach Montgomery and Coach Heck(linski), and they were wondering if I had de-committed from them. I told them no and that these were all rumors. They assured me that everything was OK and to relax.
How did this rumor start?
JD: I have no idea and have no idea why it is I. My girlfriend and I just returned from Kings Island, and I heard all this talk that I had de-committed. Coaches were online Facebooking me, etc. trying to get a hold of me and telling me to call them ASAP. All is squared away now. There were people on Twitter that said I had been dropped. I think the rumor may have started on an Ohio State board.
Have you talked to Brady Hoke these last few days?
JD: No, sir; I have not heard from coach Hoke. I plan on calling him tonight or tomorrow, but from my point of view, the rumor is completely false.
Living in Columbus but being a Michigan commit, do you get razed a lot?
JD: Yes, everyday! Neighbors, teachers, friends all give me a hard time. One time, I was in a mall and an older lady saw me and just started calling me SCUM and kept calling me that name.
How did you grow up being a Michigan fan while growing up in Columbus?
JD: When I was really young, I do not know why this moment sticks out, but I went to school and everyone was wearing Ohio State shirts, and I am asking myself, why is everyone wearing Ohio State? An older kid later told me to wear some maize and blue, and I wore it and liked it. I did some more research and just learned more and more about Michigan. I actually wanted to be a basketball player when I was little to follow LeBron James’ career.
Did Ohio State ever offer you a scholarship?
JD: They did not, but my high school coach did mention to me that Coach Fickell would come by and talk to him. I am also really close to Verlon Reed, who plays for OSU, and he always told me to work hard and an offer would come. I also have talked to Stan Drayton before as well.
What will your major be?
Thank you, Jaron for taking time to do this interview. We hope this situation resolves itself soon and that you have a great college career.