Class of 2005 Profile: C/1B Ryan Duffy

Ryan Duffy, a 6-1, 200-pound catcher/first baseman who plays for Barron Collier HS in Naples, FL., talked with Gene's Page about his commitment to Mississippi State.

Ryan Duffy Profile

Honors and Achievements: All-County the last two years. Selected the 117th best player in the nation by ProspectsPlus, a high school and college publication put out by Baseball America and Perfect Game USA. An outstanding hitter who hit .490 with 3 home runs last spring. Bats left, throws right.

Q&A with Ryan Duffy

What positions do you play?
"I play catcher and first base. I don't have a favorite and they are both pretty equal, but I have been catching since I was about 8 years old and been working on it my whole life."

What schools offered scholarships?
"I was offered by Stetson, Tulane, Mississippi State and UCF (University of Central Florida)."

Which schools wanted you in for official visits?
"The same schools that offered."

Who did you actually visit?
"I only visited UCF and Mississippi State. I was up there (at MSU) for the UAB (football game)."

Talk about your official visit to Mississippi State.
"The first thing I noticed when I went there was the coaches. I liked their coaches so much. I met some of the players and they were awesome, all of them. Even the people in the town, everybody that was at the intrasquad game that I met seemed like great people. I liked that a lot. You also have to talk about the baseball field, that was unbelievable. I went out with one of my student hosts and had a really good time. I liked it a lot there and fit in well."

Did you get to have a one-on-one session with Coach Ron Polk? If so, talk about how that went.
"Yes sir, I met with him Saturday night because I flew out Sunday morning really early. I was in there and hoping for the best. Everything seemed to work out real good. Before I even left out the door, I told him that I just wanted to be a Bulldog. It was real cool. I knew that was the only place for me."

Did you know much about Mississippi State prior to them recruiting you?
"I didn't know a whole lot about them. I had heard things about how good of a coach Coach Polk was and that they had a nice baseball stadium. Then, when I got up there everything was unbelievable."

What position did the State coaches say they will play you once you get to State?
"They said they are going to get me on the field at whatever position works best."

What did the State coaches say they liked about you as a player?
"They said they were looking for a first baseman/catcher that hits with power from the left side and that pretty much fits my mold. They also think I have a good frame that shows good potential for the future."

Do you know what kind of interest the pros are showing in you?
"One scout thinks I will go in the second round. I don't know about that, though."

What are your thoughts about the pros? Is that a dream of yours?
"I've been wanting to play pro baseball since I was about 3 years old (laugh). But, right now, college is a priority to me. Unless life-changing money is offered, then I will go to college.

"I've heard all the horror stories about the minor leagues. You can go to (Mississippi) State and have it all and be treated kind of like gods or you can go ride the buses and make $800 a month."

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