Coach's Corner: Pete Duffy of Rancho Verde

Pete Duffy took over the head coaching duties at Rancho Verde in Moreno Valley, Calif., this past season. His one year in the post was ample time for Rancho Verde senior Jonathan Hawkins to make a big impression on the coach. Inside, Duffy talks about Hawkins, who verbally committed to play at Colorado back in October.

Rancho Verde was 4-6 on the season playing in the Southwestern Conference in Riverside County.

Hawkins camped at Colorado and verbally pledged to the former staff following his official visit to Boulder in mid-October.

"I pretty much knew I was going to go there since I went to their summer camp," Hawkins told BSN in October. "I had seen other places like Arizona, Arizona State and UNLV, but Colorado was the best fit for me. Playing in the Big 12, you get to play against some of the top colleges in the nation. I think I might be able to come in and play there my first year."

BSN: What kind of kid is Jonathan Hawkins?
Pete Duffy:
Lights out, A-1 character guy. He's just top shelf; I don't know how else to put it.

BSN: What about on the field?
He's very explosive. He's a triple-jumper and a basketball player. His GPA is like a 3.8. He takes all those upper-level type classes. He's a coach's dream. They're getting a good one, on and off the field.

BSN: He played cornerback for you?
He played a little corner, he played a little safety. We're in a situation where we were loaded with guys. Otherwise, he could've played quarterback, he could've played running back or somewhere. But I see him as a corner up there.

BSN: How do you think his transition to college ball will go?
It'll be fine because his work ethic is ridiculous. He's the first guy there, the last guy to leave. He's coming from a program where we ran it like a college program. We met, watched film. Our track program runs it the same way, basketball runs it the same way. So the shock of that type of stuff is not going to bother him. Plus, he's a guy that's in all those upper-level classes anyway. His commitment to doing work is not a problem.

BSN: I know he committed to the old staff. Do you feel like he's pretty solid with the new staff?
I think so. He's been solid and fired up from day one.

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