It's a return home for Dukes, a native of Stony Point, N.C., who'd originally considered Duke, along with in-state schools North Carolina and North Carolina State, out of high school.
Dukes chose Nebraska instead, but after redshirting his first year with the Huskers, said he didn't feel comfortable at the school, and was granted his scholarship release.
"I know I'm taking a chance," Dukes told the Journal-Star last week, "(but)Ijust want an atmosphere and surrounding where I feel comfortable."
Dukes declined comment on his reasons for selecting the Blue Devils. Duke coaches can't comment on Dukes until he's officially enrolled.
Dukes won't be eligible to play this coming fall. Under NCAA transfer rules, he must sit out this season, then will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Dukes joins four other scholarship quarterbacks on the Blue Devils' roster, including three who will be juniors this fall -- Adam Smith, Chris Dapolito and Chris Wispelwey. They'll be seniors when Dukes joins the quarterback fray in 2004.
Smith started all 12 games in 2002 and became just the third Duke sophomore to pass for more than 2,000 yards.
Freshman quarterback Mike Schneider redshirted last season.
Duke was 2-10 last season, including 0-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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