It’s been a good week for Texas Tech commit Jett Duffey whose team has extended their playoff run after his award winning performance last weekend, plus he received a visit from his future head coach in Kliff Kingsbury to top it all off.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound quarterback was named Offensive Player of the Week by the Dallas Morning News after completing 25 passes on 40 attempts for 452 yards and three touchdowns. In addition he rushed 27 times for 147 yards and two more scores in Mansfield Lake Ridge’s 69-40 win over Mesquite Poteet in the regional semifinals.
“Last game, I felt pretty great about that game,” Duffey said. “Of course it was because of my team’s effort that allowed me to be in the positions that I was put in, so I’m thankful for them.”
Duffey added he is planning on enrolling early and should arrive on Texas Tech's campus mid-January. That was the main topic of conversation when Kingsbury and Texas Tech offensive coordinator Eric Morris visited Duffey on Sunday night.
“We just talked about my future. We ate dinner with my family … and we talked about the spring, how I’m going to have a lot of quality reps, how they are going to get me ready early and we’re going to work really hard,” he said.
Duffey also feels his relationship with the coaches has progressed a lot throughout the time he has been committed.
“We’ve gotten closer after getting to talk to them all the time and them knowing I’m committed, so it also helps them to just get to know me better,” Duffey said. “So, we have a lot of conversations, I talk to them weekly and talk to a lot of the coaching staff, so just starting to develop a connection.”
Something that continuously sticks out about this coaching staff, especially Kingsbury, is his passion for this team. Duffey said he saw that when watching the Texas Tech game against Texas, but first noticed it earlier this season on his official visit during the TCU game.
“He is a passionate coach and he loves what he does and is a competitor. Seeing different things like that makes me more comfortable going there, because I know that he is going to give me his best all the time and it’s up to me to give my best to him,” he said.
Seeing Texas Tech get such a “great win” over Texas also comforted Duffey, as he said it is just a sign that Tech is on a roll and will go to new levels when the talent from the next couple recruiting classes pile up.
Despite the coaching changes happening at Texas Tech, which were communicated to Duffey by former cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis himself, he said this recruiting class is still solid.
“Honestly, I don’t think it will hurt the recruiting class,” he said. “This recruiting class understands that it is business and that certain decisions have to be made and I still feel like everyone is still a solid commitment… Those are great coaches to lose, but at the same time they [recruits] understand.”
Duffey reassured that he isn’t going anywhere, and he’s not hearing from other schools. For now, he is focused on his playoff run with and then moving on to the next level in just a couple of months.
Duffey and undefeated Lake Ridge (13-0) take on Longview for the Class 5A Division I Region II Championship 9 p.m. (CT) Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.