IN THE HUDDLE: Chris Duvalt

There are impressive football players in the state of Florida who receive plenty of attention, so when you have a defensive back prospect who has played a key role in two straight state championship games, there's a need to start paying attention!

During the summer and into the season, www.floridakids.us will bring you our IN THE HUDDLE segments with football players throughout the state of Florida.

These are similar to the evaluations we pass on to the hundreds of colleges who visit our website, call us on the phone and correspond via e-mail.

Here is another top football player to keep an eye on this season – and beyond.

PLAYER: Chris Duvalt
POSITION: DB
SCHOOL: Lakeland Lake Gibson
HEIGHT: 5-10
WEIGHT: 175
40 SPEED: 4.5
HEAD COACH: Keith DeMyer
www.floridakids.us Pre-Spring Rating: 119

Do you ever sit there and watch a player and think to yourself that it's amazing that he isn't rated higher or perhaps not being recruited by more schools? Here is the classic example.

I have had the pleasure, over the past three seasons to watch Chris play, and while I saw so many things that he needed to work on, this spring and summer, I saw a football player who just may be the state's most under-recruited football players.

Watching him the past two years in the 4A state title game, seeing him against Lakeland in last year's fall kickoff classic and then having the pleasure of seeing him perform in the always competitive University of South Florida "Sling & Shoot" event has made me a believer.

STRENGTHS: I made it a point to sit there and watch his every move in the recent event in Tampa, and I for one, came away believing that he could emerge as one of the top defensive backs in Florida by the end of the season.

This is an athlete who is physical, plays the run very well and is a big time cover-corner. He sees the flight of the ball as soon as it leaves the quarterback's hand. He has great instincts and runs extremely well toward the flow of the play.

Sometimes the trouble with watching film is that you see an athlete in every frame, but often times, he does little when he arrives where the play is. I noticed, watching two clips that when he is involved in a play, Chris often initiates the action.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: Because he is very aggressive and has a zest for the game, there are a number of plays where he overruns. That's not unusual for a physical defensive back who loves being in on every play.

The other thing that I noticed is that sometimes, Chris loves to play through the receiver, which many referees won't hesitate to call. There's a way to be physical and intimidating without mugging a receiver, and I think he is learning that all the time. That's just a price you pay for being ultra aggressive.

OVERALL: When I had heard that mid to upper D1A schools had not been making a play for Duvalt, it surprised me. He is a true talent with a plenty to prove to those schools this season.

COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: While Marshall is the only school to have offered,Maryland, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, South Florida and Wake Forest remain in the hunt as well.

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