The 6'3, 205-lb Hopkinsville (Ky.) Christian County linebacker has four offers and has made the effort to see most of those schools.
He says his Kentucky offer came roughly a month ago. It was an offer of particular interest to him, as he has looking at the Wildcats for some time.
"I've been to Kentucky plenty of times," he said, "I've been there since 8th grade and they've always impressed me a lot."
It is not usually for middle schoolers to be coming as unofficial visitors to college football games, but McDuffen had an in.
"I had a friend who was Mr. Football, Curtis Pulley (a Hopkinsville product who subsequently committed to UK before transferring to Florida A&M). I went up there to see games with him. I was supposed to actually come to their football camp when I was in 7th grade, but I broke my knee."
While he has seen several schools already, McDuffen says he is staying in for the next few weeks.
"I don't know yet," he said of upcoming visits, "I haven't talked with my parents or coaches yet and it's a dead period."