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Elijah Dukes, of

School: Hillsborough HS. Class: Sr.
Hometown: Tampa.
B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 215 Birthdate: 6/26/84
College Commitment: North Carolina State.
Scouting Report: Tampa's Hillsborough High has produced first-round picks such as Carl Everett, Dwight Gooden and Gary Sheffield, but none was in Dukes' class as an athlete. One of the nation's top high school linebackers, Dukes also starred at running back and has signed to play football at North Carolina State. He's a physical specimen at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, and his combination of size and speed has evoked comparisons to Bo Jackson. He offers plenty of power and speed (4.0 seconds from the right side of the plate to first base) as a corner outfielder, and he's more polished than similar athletes often are. He also has a strong arm and would be a candidate for pitching if not for his offensive potential. Dukes has played at four high schools in four years, and off-field problems scared off some of the nation's better college football programs.

2002 Statistics

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

.458

72

21

33

8

4

4

24

27

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