GBMWolverine: Michigan Football Recruiting -- Jaron Dukes (WR) -- 2013 Verbal Commit -- Profile

Posted at 6:00am — 2/27/2012

GBMWolverine: Michigan Football Recruiting — Jaron Dukes (WR) — 2013 Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of recent verbal commitment Jaron Dukes from Marion Franklin High School — Columbus, Ohio.

Height: 6’4
Weight: 197
Number: 8
Current Position: Wide Receiver
Future Position: Wide Receiver
City/State: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Marion Franklin
Head Coach: Brian Haffele
Recruiters: Coach Jeff Hecklinski and Coach Jerry Montgomery
Committed: 2/22/2012
Other Offers: Illinois and Toledo.
Rankings: 24/7: 3-star … ESPN: N/A … Rivals: N/A … Scout: N/A
40-Time: 4.6
GPA: 3.2
Class: 2013 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Opening Comment:

Michigan coaches have made no secret that big receivers are wanted in Ann Arbor.

On February 22, 2012, a very happy Jaron Dukes committed to Michigan. He has respected the Maize and Blue for a long time.

Dukes is upside personified, having played only a few years of football. But he is young for his class, and so the combination of young and limited playing time really ups the label of upside.

He is tall, lanky, and appears to have a monster arm span, certainly big enough. Jaron is not one of the higher rated receivers in the country, but that certainly did not influence the Michigan’s staff pursuit of this Central Ohio athlete.

Overview:

Jaron has great length and is a solid if not spectacular overall athlete.

He plays wide receiver for one of the better D2 teams in the Columbus area. He helped lead Marion Franklin to The Ohio State semis.

Jaron is a good student with a 3.2 GPA.

Strengths:

Dukes is a Wolverine

Jaron has surprising speed for a player 6’4 “tall.

He has a huge frame that should be able to add plenty of weight.

Jaron is one of those long striders that cover more ground than defensive backs realize.

He has big strong hands, catches ball at the high point with his hands and easily out jumps most defensive backs. In addition he is a willing blocker.

Needs work:

Jaron definitely needs to get stronger.

And to be a factor in the Big Ten he needs to improve his quickness and ability to get off the line of scrimmage.

Technique wise Jaron must learn to bend his knees and come out of cuts cleaner.

Final Thoughts:

Time will tell, but with hard work and an increase in speed Jaron will see the field.

He could be a red-zone threat and a mismatch on the fade. He is young enough to grow even more.

We welcome Jaron Dukes to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely red-shirt his first year.

Jaron Dukes reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Adrian Arrington — who played Wide Receiver.

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