Iowa Offers McDuffie

Iowa continues to work the Atlanta area in recruiting, offering a scholarship to a speedy defensive back there Wednesday. Jeremy McDuffie talked about the Hawkeye opportunity, upcoming visits and the chances he'll see Iowa City.

Spring college football continues to gain in popularity. Fans of the sport desire more than just Saturday's in the fall.

It's also become a time of the year when high school programs, particularly in the South, get together for extra practice. May is the main month and it coincides with an open recruiting period for college coaches to visit them and get a look at prospects.

Iowa assistant LeVar Woods was scouting in Snellville, GA recently. He watched speedy Shiloh High athlete Jeremy McDuffie.

"I talked to them once previously. I wasn't really sure how interested they were in me. I guess after they came out to the practice they definitely saw that I could play," the 6-foot, 170-pound junior said.

McDuffie reported that the Hawkeyes offered him on Wednesday, becoming the 11th school to do so for the emerging prospect. Duke, Illinois, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and South Carolina were among the other programs to extend opportunities, he said.

McDuffie plays wide receiver, running back and defensive back as well as returning kicks and punts for Shiloh. He projects as a cornerback at the next level.

"Schools ask me where I want to play and say they're recruiting me as an athlete. They see me on punt return and kick return as well as corner," he said.

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.

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 His 37.57 in the 300 hurdles tops the state as does his 49 feet in the triple jump, which is 11th nationally.

If the above numbers weren't enough to convince you McDuffie is an excellent athlete, consider that he wrestled for three years and swam for two. It's translated to him being a high-major player on the gridiron.

"It's kind of blown up recently," McDuffie said of his recruitment. "I just stay humble and keep working. Generally, I'm just looking for a good fit. I'm keeping touch with the coaches and trying to build relationships. I want to feel comfortable around them.

"I'm looking for a family environment with the players as well as the coaches. I want coaches that care and stay on top of me and can build me as a man."

McDuffie plans to run track along with playing football in college. He's looking for an undergraduate degree in business before going to sports medicine.

Duke, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Tennessee are scheduled to receive visits from McDuffie in June. He's hoping to see some of the Midwest schools that have offered as well.

"I'm talking to the Iowa coach now. We're looking into a way to make that happen. I'll visit there," McDuffie said.

College location could play a role in McDuffie's process.

"If I find the right program, it doesn't matter where it is. I'd definitely love to stay somewhere around this area; not too far away so my family can come see my games," he said.

McDuffie would like to make a decision before his senior season is underway.

"I'd definitely like to commit as soon as possible but I also want to find the school that best fits me. I'm hoping by the end of the summer that I'll know where I'm going to go," he said.

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