Jaron Dukes hopes to return to UM soon

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Michigan commit Jaron Dukes (Columbus, Ohio/Marion-Franklin) wants to get back up to Ann Arbor. But not with fuel prices as high as they are.

"Whenever somebody puts some gas in my car," a laughing Dukes said about when he'll be at Michigan next. "It's kind of hard."

Dukes' season and career at Marion-Franklin ended last weekend, however, opening up Dukes' schedule a little more. It's not that he hasn't been trying to get to Michigan.

"I just love being up there. It's a great experience, like family, you feel welcome, feels like the right place to be," Dukes said.

For now, the ESPN 300 receiver has talked with the staff about once a week. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound recruit fits the mold of what the Michigan offense wants at the position under second-year coach Brady Hoke.

"What kind of style of offense, how I can contribute to the team," Dukes said about his conversations with the coaches.

Dukes is keeping in contact with his fellow Wolverines commits, too. He has two right next to him in the Columbus area with Jake Butt and Taco Charlton.

"We talk a lot. Taco's birthday was [two weeks ago] and we wished him happy birthday," Dukes said.