Meet the NEW Devils: Jeremy McDuffie

Signing Day profile of the Duke's three star defensive back commitment

Jeremy McDuffie
Snellville (Ga.) Shiloh HS
No. 5 CB in Georgia | Three stars
Committed on January 18, 2015

Vitals: 5-foot-11, 185 pounds

Recruitment: The three star defensive back, who is considered the fifth best CB in Georgia, chose Duke over offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Louisville, Minnesota, and South Carolina to name a few.

Duke was the early leader for the Georgia speedster, but then the Florida Gators offered and took the momentum. However, the Gators backed off after McDuffie suffered an injury while the Blue Devils kept up a steady wave of contact.

Following Duke pulling the scholarship from DePriest Turner after Turner wavered in his commitment, the Blue Devils scheduled a visit and closed the deal.

Coach Cutcliffe’s program recruited McDuffie to factor into both the return game and the defensive backfield. Wherever he lines up on the field, McDuffie threatens the opposition with his speed. He reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds at a pair of Nike combines.

Early Impact: The question with McDuffie is whether or not he’s fully recovered. If he is, then he could certainly push for time in a year or so at the cornerback. The best best is Duke will take a year to make sure he’s back to 100 percent and build back and improve his strength and burst.

Scout Take: It goes to health. If McDuffie is back and fully healed, he’s one of the best cornerback prospects to come to Duke in a while. He’s got good size and is exceptionally fast in straight line situations, and has very good lateral quickness and initial burst. Like many defensive backs recruited by Duke, he’s an aggressive player who doesn’t shy away from contact and is a very good player in support of the run.

McDuffie holds the No. 1 time in Georgia high schools in the 110-meter hurdles this spring (13.83 seconds), a time than ranks third in the country according to dyestat.com. His 37.57 in the 300 hurdles tops the state as does his 49 feet in the triple jump, which is 11th nationally.

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