Quick Hits with Chris McDuffie

Chris McDuffie was a late addition to the 2003 class, signing with the Tigers out Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. Today, CUTigers.com takes a look at a close look at McDuffie and some of the reasons he chose to play his college football at Clemson.

Chris McDuffie
Defensive Line
Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA)
6-5/315/4.9
NR: 114 Rating: ***

THE STATS: Chris McDuffie was an All-Region, All-District and All-State performer during his senior year at George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia. He was also named the 3A Defensive Player of the Year and the Virginia Shrine Bowl MVP during his final season.

STRENGTH: McDuffie is another player in a long line of recruits under Tommy Bowden that has speed. Even at 6-5, 315-pounds, Chris can run the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds flat. He's also a versatile player that has seen action on both sides of the ball in the last two seasons. He could fill in on the offensive line or take over at his natural position as a defensive tackle if need be.

WEAKNESS: McDuffie played on the offensive line last season after moving from his original position on the defensive side of the ball in high school, so he'll have to get re-acquainted to defense once he arrives on campus next fall.

WHY CLEMSON? "I just felt comfortable there after my official visit. It just really stuck with me that they told me that I was going to get my degree first and play football second. I just felt like I just fit in there. I got really used to the people and it seems like they just want to have fun. Looking back, I guess it was all those things that helped me decide to come to Clemson. We all got to rub the rock and run down the hill when I went there on my official visit back in January. I just felt real comfortable about it and really had a good time. Coach Theilen Smith was my recruiter- he's a great guy, and we got a long real well."

HARGRAVE COACH QUOTE: "He's a great pass and run blocker," said Hargrave head coach Robert Prunty. "His biggest asset is his speed. We've had him as low as 4.9 in the 40-yard dash, and that's playing at over 315 pounds. He could play either on the offensive line or at defensive tackle at the next level; I'm not sure where Clemson wants him yet. He has been a real big asset to this program since he's been here. "

HS COACH QUOTE: "Chris is a late-bloomer as far as football is concerned. He didn't start to play football until his sophomore year in high school," said George Washington head coach Everett Woods. "He always fancied himself as a baseball player, but there is no doubt that his best years as a football player are still way ahead of him."

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