2016 Intro: Clifton Duck

MATTHEWS, N.C. -- Last fall as a freshman, Clifton Duck moved straight to Butler's varsity football team. Since that time, the 2016 cornerback has become one of the team's top defensive players.

Butler High School won a state championship in 2012. On top of that, the Bulldogs were also one of the best teams in the country.

Cornerback Clifton Duck was one of the team's few freshman.

"Last year was amazing," said the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Duck, who had an interception in the state championship game.

"I didn't expect to come in and play varsity. When they moved me up, I learned a lot from the person in front of me – Strib (Michigan freshman Channing Stribling). He really helped me out."

On the recruiting front, the sophomore has heard from Clemson, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

Although he does not have any visits scheduled, Duck has an idea of few schools he would like to check out.

"Right now, I'm focused on trying to get to schools closer to home," Duck said. "I've been thinking about going to games at Clemson and N.C. State."

After gaining valuable experience last year, Duck has high goals for his sophomore campaign.

"Individually, I want to break Stribling's season interception record and I don't want to miss any tackles," he said. "Team-wise, we just want to get better each day and each game."

Tomorrow night, Butler, who is 6-2, plays on the road at Mint Hill (N.C.) Rocky River.

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