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UGA Recruiting: Can Dukes Rope In DT Shaw?

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Georgia's future defense would get a boost if new verbal commitment Detric Dukes can convince high school teammate and defensive tackle Elisha Shaw to join him between the hedges. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images.
Georgia's future defense would get a boost if new verbal commitment Detric Dukes can convince high school teammate and defensive tackle Elisha Shaw to join him between the hedges. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images.

Georgia roped in another commitment when three-star inside linebacker Detric Dukes (Tucker HS) flipped from Louisville to Georgia.

As reported by Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, there were multiple reasons Dukes flipped his commitment:

“It was a very hard and difficult decision,” Dukes said. “My parents and I took some time to talk it over because they wanted to make sure I was making the right decision, and that it was 100 percent where I wanted to be.

“The deciding factor was that Georgia was closer to home, and I could still get a great education there.”

With his commitment, the question now becomes if he can flip teammate Elisha Shaw, who is a four-star defensive tackle.

Shaw is the No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation, and according to Rivals, he's high on Ole Miss and lukewarm on multiple other schools, including Georgia.

The Bulldogs already have a commitment from four-star defensive tackle Dontavius Russell (Carrollton), but getting another commitment at that position doesn't hurt. Not to mention, Russell comes in under 300 pounds, as opposed to Shaw who is listed at a shade more than 300 pounds.

It should also be noted that Ole Miss has a three-star defensive tackle already commited in Jamyius Pittman. So the fact that Russell is commited to the Bulldogs shouldn't hurt their chances with Shaw.

Shaw recently stated that Alabama and Georgia were his top two, not giving either the edge, according to another story by Carvell.

Alabama has two defensive tackles already committed in three-star tackle Johnny Dwight (Wilcox County) and two-star tackle O.J. Smith (Airline, La.). But we all know head coach Nick Saban won't be satisfied unless he gets all of the top prospects ... especially if he's taking them away from another SEC school.

Clemson, Ohio State, Texas and Wisconsin, among others, also have interest from Shaw, so there could be some headway made there.

Dukes is going to be an important cog in this situation. In the same way Aaron Murray was important in getting Orson Charles to commit to Georgia, Dukes is going to be important to try and rope in Shaw. Ultimately Shaw has to make the decision that is best for him, but it doesn't hurt to have a Georgia commitment on his high-school team.