Phillip Dukes commits to South Carolina 

February, 1, 2011
South Carolina picked up a big commitment Tuesday from one on of the state's top prospects in Phillip Dukes (Manning, S.C./Manning). The four-star recruit committed to the Gamecocks over Clemson, Alabama and North Carolina.

"I just felt like he felt like the South Carolina environment paralleled what we have here at Manning," said Manning coach Robby Briggs. "It's a family environment and he fits in real well. He also believes in what they are trying to do. What they did this season validated the direction."

Briggs also believes there was a turning point in the recruitment of Dukes and that was this fall when South Carolina upset then ranked No. 1 Alabama.