With Kentucky losing two senior starters from the linebacking corps, adding athletic bodies to that group is a must. One of the best athletes from the Commonwealth is Malcolm McDuffen. "They are looking at me at outside linebacker," said McDuffen. "They have two senior linebackers. They never said I would start. But I could probably help fill a gap next year," he said.
At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, McDuffen plays defensive end for Christian County, but he will make the transition back to linebacker in college. But with McDuffen's physical skills that shouldn't be too hard of a transition. "I would say I've got a quick first step. I'm pretty physical. I find the ball. I'm a pretty good football player all around and I have a high football IQ," he said.
In the end, McDuffen will bring his game to Lexington after considering several schools. "I was looking at Purdue and I like Western Kentucky. I was waiting on offers from Tennessee and Illinois, but mostly it was Purdue," said McDuffen.
McDuffen made his decision after taking an unofficial visit for the Louisville game. That visit helped solidify his decision. "It was just the atmosphere when I was there for the Louisville game. Seeing the fan support and seeing the defense play," he said. "The teammates interacted well. It's like that here at my high school. We're like a family and that's what I saw at Kentucky," he said. "Plus it's close for my family and my coaches to come and watch me play. I love coach Joker (Phillips) and coach Brooks. I love the whole staff," said McDuffen.
McDuffen made 102 tackles, 16 for a loss and eight sacks last year as he lead Christian County to the state championship game.
Malcolm McDuffen is the number 94 outside linebacker in the nation and a three-star prospect according to Scout.com.
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