It’s hard for prospects to attend summer camps with the hope of earning an offer.
By this time of year, college coaches have already been through the spring evaluation period and developed their recruiting board.
However, another name was added to Florida’s on Monday. Cornerback Jeremy McDuffie earned an offer from the Gators following his performance at UF camp.
The 5-foot-11, 169-pounder from Snellville (Ga.) Shiloh knew he had his work cut out for him heading into the session, but he was a man on a mission.
“I wasn’t going to drive five hours and not get an offer,” McDuffie said. “I had to put the work in to get it, and I did what I had to do. I came out and executed every drill. It was a good feeling.”
McDuffie worked extensively with UF secondary coach Travaris Robinson, who made an impression on the rising senior.
“He’s a great coach,” McDuffie said. “He’s young and really talks to his players. He can get on that personal level with you and then coach you up, too.”
“He gave me some different techniques I had to adapt to, but I got them right and he liked that. He also liked how I can keep up with receivers with my speed, and he just liked the way I played. He told me I’m a natural.”
His speed surely helps. McDuffie is also a track star and state champion in the 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and triple jump.
He wants be a two-sport athlete in college, and Florida’s track program appeals to him.
“I knew it was a great school for track and football, so it’s definitely a program I’m interested in,” McDuffie said. “But I don’t just pick a school off of football and athletics. I still need the education, too. Florida has great academics.
“Plus I like the environment at UF. It’s a nice place. The Swamp is cool, and it’s warm all year.”
McDuffie said Florida and Duke are his top schools, and he also has offers from Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee and others.
McDuffie plans to decide before or during his senior season, and the Gators have a family member in their corner — former UF receiver Nafis Karim, his uncle and an assistant coach on his high school football team.
“He’s not that biased towards Florida,” McDuffie said with a laugh. “He tells me all the good stuff about it, but he’s going to let me think on my own and pick the right place for me. He’s not going to pressure me.”
— _mcduffie (@__mcduffie) June 9, 2014