Devils Land Big Time Tight End

When Duke's one day football camp ended with no big time prospects committing, several "naysayers" began crowing. However, over the weekend, one of the most impressive prospects to attend in early July decided that he would become the seventh member of Duke's recruiting class after returning to Durham for an unofficial visit.

"I visited Duke last week and it went great," said Massillon, Ohio standout Brett Huffman. "The campus is just so beautiful, and I got to see a lot of things I didn't see when I was there for camp. The architecture and size of Duke was perfect. I knew on the way home that it was where I wanted to go to school."

So Huffman phoned in to the Duke coaching staff to let them know that their efforts last week, and over the last few months had yielded a commitment from the 6-foot-5, 235 pound tight end.

"I think they were really excited about it," said Huffman. "The plan is for me to keep working hard and hopefully come in and contribute as a freshman – but I know that there is no guarantee that's how it'll work out. The staff all told me that the chance will be there, but I have to put in the work to take it. Right now they're talking about me matching up with linebackers because of my size and speed (4.6 in the 40)."

While at the one day camp, Huffman's strength in the weight room and on the field caught a number of eyes.

"They offered me a scholarship during the camp," he said. "From there the process started moving, and I'm glad at how it ended up. It's a big weight off my shoulders to have the process behind me. Now I can concentrate on my high school career and finishing strong."

Speaking of his Massillon High squad, Huffman's head coach is certainly likely to be pleased with his decision to attend Duke.

"My high school coach played with Coach Roof in college, so he's always talking up Coach Roof and Duke. I think he kind of knew, but I'm sure he'll be happy with the decision."

And so is the newest Blue Devil's family.

"My parents are thrilled because they know I'll have a Duke degree, which will set me up for life even if I don't play football after college. The academics there just speak for themselves."

Rated as a three star prospect, Huffman is a three year starter and earned All County Honors in 2004 for Massillon. He carries a 3.8 GPA and has scored a 19 on the ACT.

Before picking Duke, he had offers from Syracuse, Toledo, and Akron. Huffman also had heavy interest from Arizona State, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Illinois.

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