Duckworth, 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, suffered a mid-season knee injury that left him unable to play the rest of the year. The good news is that he is nearly 100% healthy.
"My knee is almost totally healed, and the injury happened about six weeks ago," Duckworth stated. "I tore my MCL, but that injury heals on its own, and it's nearly 100%. I'm back working out and I did not need surgery. As far as knee injuries go, this was about as good as it could be."
"Things are going good for me and I've taken some unofficial visits," he explained. "I visited Illinois last weekend and loved it there. Of all the visits I've taken, I'd say I liked Illinois the best. I just felt very comfortable there, and it felt right. I spoke with Coach (Tim) Beckman, and I like him a lot. They said we will keep in touch, and they will be at my school in a couple weeks."
Illinois is not the only program Duckworth has visited this year, and he has tried to get out and see as many teams as possible.
"I've been to games at Ohio State, Michigan State, Toledo, Pittsburgh and Louisville," he added. "I also have upcoming visits to Cincinnati and Bowling Green. Louisville was great and it was awesome being there. I'd love to hear more from Louisville, and I like what they're doing."
"I like Pittsburgh a lot, and that was where I went to my first camp last year, so they know me pretty well," Duckworth continued. "They said they like me a lot, and I've been talking to (assistant coach) Brooks Bollinger a lot. I'm excited to see Cincinnati, and they have been in contact a lot. I've also been invited to games at Duke and Wisconsin, but haven't been able to get to either."
Prior to his injury, Duckworth had thrown for 1,161 yards and nine touchdowns, completing 59% of his passes.