National Signing Day 2011: Star DT Phillip Dukes Commits to South Carolina

Alex Roberts@@alexCoAbassCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2011

At 11:00 on Feb. 1, 2010, Philip Dukes made his big decision.  It all came down to Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, North Carolina or South Carolina, and Dukes chose South Carolina.

A 4-star defensive tackle, Dukes is the ninth overall defensive tackle in this year's class, and a member of ESPN's Top 150. 

At 6'3" and close to 300 pounds, this man is a load, and is highly athletic. 

According to Scout.com, his strengths include body control, quickness and intensity.  His negatives are ability to disengage from blockers and raw technique. 

However, with some solid coaching, he will develop into a star. 

This also means great things as far as Jadeveon Clowney is concerned.  This is another player that Clowney has established a relationship with and had some time with at the South Carolina Shrine Bowl. 

Furthermore, he is a versatile lineman.  He can play tackle or end, and is athletic for his size.  For South Carolina, this adds even more depth at defensive line, and if Clowney commits to the school, the team will be set at defensive line for years to come.

Welcome to Gamecock nation, Phillip Dukes!

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