June 10th, 2014 10:40am

McDuffie lands offer after camping at Florida


Jeremy McDuffie is now up to 14 offers. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

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.”

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  1. June 10th, 2014 1:23 pm

    Sounds like a high character kid as well. I like the combination of skill and brains. Go Gators.

    by Tampa Gator

  2. June 10th, 2014 2:35 pm

    Academically, that’s an impressive list of schools. Seems like a good kid and a good fit. Go Gators!

    by Scott

  3. June 10th, 2014 2:35 pm

    DITTO!!!, Tampa Gator…

    by Randall Ladnier

  4. June 10th, 2014 3:06 pm

    that guy looks like bad news- scary picture

    by Lebron

  5. June 10th, 2014 3:42 pm

    Anybody who has offers from Duke, Georgia Tech and Florida has set himself up for success in life. Good luck to this young man wherever he decides to go to school.

    by Mike

  6. June 10th, 2014 4:49 pm

    Lebron I agree he doesn’t present himself as a clean cut guy. If I were making offers I would give it to the guy rated the same but has normal appearance.

    by tyrone

  7. June 10th, 2014 5:05 pm

    Well at least we wouldn’t have to worry about him qualifying for UF’s strict student athlete standards, unlike most kids trying to decide between UF, FSU, Bama, UGA and about 95% of other schools out there…..No need to worry about “last minute” de commits when they realize they DO have to qualify AND go to class…..

    by Gator Drew

  8. June 10th, 2014 5:33 pm

    I think he looks about the same as most other people that come from his type of environment.

    by Sea Hag Marina

  9. June 10th, 2014 5:34 pm

    You people who apparently find dreadlocks off-putting need to wake up and enter the 21st century. Hair style neither determines nor reflects one’s character. For example, RG3 is hardly a gangsta. There isn’t a higher character guy in the NFL. This young man sounds like he has his priorities in very good order, and he would make a great addition to the Gator nation.

    by Timothy Ackley

  10. June 10th, 2014 5:52 pm

    I never thought such racist connotations could be worded so nicely..are u f’n kidding me with that? And u call yourself Lebron?? Maybe that guy whose last name starts with H would be a better fit 4 u

    by Keepitrealman

  11. June 10th, 2014 6:51 pm

    Gator Drew, You keep harping on this myth that UF has higher standards than the schools they are competing with. I don’t know why, UF accepts the same kid that can get into Alabama, UGA, FSU and about 95% of the kids out there. UF isn’t Stanford, Georgia Tech, Duke and it’s silly of you to keep saying something that isn’t true. UF is not the Harvard of the south. I guess it makes you feel better when a kid chooses to go somewhere else because you can claim they would not be accepted by UF. You are only fooling yourself. There’s not a kid committed to any of the above schools that UF would not take if they thought he was good enough athletically. Even schools like Harvard and Stanford are no better than a school like UNF or UCF when it comes to the quality of education you receive. In fact, you are more likely to have a graduate student teach a class at Harvard that at a less prestigious school because many faculty members are there for who they are, rather than being a good teacher. A professor at UF is just as capable of teaching a course as someone at Harvard. It’s up to the student to apply himself wherever they go. Schools like Yale and Harvard are hypocrites anyway in the way they turn up their noses at athletes and seem to think that a good athletic program is beneath them. What they won’t admit is that much of this huge endowment fund they have is due to having great football programs from a long, long time ago. They didn’t turn up their noses then. But now with so much money that came from having great sports programs, they choose to be snobs. They are no better than any other school, and if the money was gone, you can bet they would revert to giving athletic scholarships and begging kids to play for them just like everyone else. The major prerequisite for getting into the schools like that is money, and I’ve never found that having money equates to being smarter than someone without money.

    by snowprint

  12. June 10th, 2014 9:52 pm

    Actually you are the one who is wrong. UF has had several players over the years who were committed but couldn’t qualify, so they had to go to another SEC school. There was one a few years back that really wanted to come to UF badly but couldn’t meet our requirements, so he went to Auburn instead. There was another a few years before that who went to FSU. We may not have the standards of Stanford but our requirements are definitely higher than most of the teams on our schedule…

    by westflgator

  13. June 11th, 2014 12:09 am

    westflgator don’t waste your time on snowprint. he’s been told by numberous people that it’s common knowledge UF’s standards are higher. He’s been given multiple examples of players who couldn’t qualify academically to get into UF and ended up decommitting and going elsewhere. Heck someone even gave him the numbers of average SAT and ACT test scores of UF compared to thbe others. He still doesn’t listen. he’s one of those guys who no matter what the facts are, no matter what is presented in front of him, no matter the evidence given to him, he’s still going to spout false truths at you no matter how many times he’s been proven wrong.

    by That_UAT_Guy

  14. June 11th, 2014 6:30 am

    snowprint ivy league schools and many others like stanford northwestern offer quite a bit- the ivy leagues dont even offer athletic scolarships. Yes i agree however Uf is middle of pack when it comes to academics for its athletes. Has always been this way and not really an issue to make of it. Anyone who looks at our roster would laugh by Drew’s comments about academics for UF athletes. Same as LSU, UGA etc which is fine

    by stan

  15. June 11th, 2014 9:17 am

    Yeah, he looks scary. How? Wait don’t answer that, we know why.

    Dumb a$$e$. LOL.

    by JB3

  16. June 11th, 2014 10:06 am

    When do you have to look pretty to play football….clean cut guys grow tons of facial hair all the time……dreadlocks are a nice trend…..if he comes in we are playing fsu and gets a pick youll jump for joy……..quick to judge…..wheres this world headed….smh

    by break it

  17. June 11th, 2014 10:09 am

    With quotes like, “Even schools like Harvard and Stanford are no better than a school like UNF or UCF when it comes to the quality of education you receive,” it’s obvious Snowprint has no brain and wouldn’t know a quality education if someone served it to him on a silver platter….

    by BSJGator

  18. June 11th, 2014 10:10 am

    2015 recruiting will be quite unknown until we see how the season plays out. If Muschamp gets fired then the entire recruit list could change

    by Dave

  19. June 11th, 2014 10:14 am

    Tyrone are you serious? Your comment makes you sound like an idiot if so. This is a VERY good kid. Never had any problems and Grades are not a concern. The whole family is high on academics. Older brother just finished his first year in college with all A’s.

    by Set the record straight

  20. June 11th, 2014 2:35 pm

    I used to hang out with Nafis back in ’97-’98…really nice guy. I’m sure his nephew is as high character as Nafis was.

    by NYGator

  21. June 11th, 2014 3:32 pm

    I see some of you don’t have a clue about a university education. The fact is that the same textbooks and material is taught at a state university as Stanford or Harvard. The fact is that you are more likely to be taught by a graduate student at one of the elite schools as well. The fact is that Snowprint is correct that UF is no different than the schools they compete with when it comes to accepting athletes. Just like academics are only part of being accepted at any school, the same holds true at the Harvards of the world that you have been brainwashed into thinking are full of the academic stars, they accept people of lesser academic standards as well because of who their parents are and the money they possess. All you people out there need to back up your nonsense and say who is committed to Alabama, FSU , or Georgia that has the athletic talent that UF wants but can’t be accepted by the university because their standards are higher than the other schools. Don’t quote me the average scores or what is stated as the minimun requirement because it can easily be waived and happens all the time. Only the most academically challenge are turned away to JUCO like Dontae Angus and I didn’t see him signing with any other major school either. Some of you are clueless.

    by ntcrze

  22. June 11th, 2014 4:06 pm

    ntcre, UF signed a DL two years ago who was denied admission to the university. Tennessee gladly took him and he took his talents to Knoxville. Dating all the way back to Steve Spurrier, he was quoted numerous times complaining that he was losing players to FSU and others because UF did in fact, have higher standards for athletes. Although the standards are still significantly lowered for athletes…Every couple of years there is a player who can’t get into UF and then ends up playing for the competition. Coaches have been complaining about this for 25 years. You don’t have to believe it. You can chose to ignore the facts if you want to.

    by Sean

  23. June 11th, 2014 4:07 pm

    Stricter academic requirements??? LOL. Have you listened to a Florida football player interview??? Florida is no better nor worse than most. UF is not Stanford , Harvard and for that matter UM.

    by James Fisher

  24. June 11th, 2014 4:49 pm

    james well stated

    by Dave

  25. June 11th, 2014 5:48 pm

    where do Flo-grown students go when they are denied by UF….FSU….this is common knowledge and happens every semester…..FSU is the bastard step child of academics in Florida….live with it you butt hurt trolls….

    by Murks3ason

  26. June 11th, 2014 6:35 pm

    I agree with what was said earlier regarding UF not having higher standards… The classic example of this is Mike Blakely who was not a good student and he scored in the low 900s on the SAT…

    by Jay

  27. June 11th, 2014 7:13 pm

    @James Fisher…..”UF academics be too sccroongg for me” – Kelvin Benjamin, James Wilder jr., Demarcus Walker, Dalvin Cook and Ermon Lane…and over 20 others that I know of in the last 6 years…..
    No, the playing field is not the same. UF student athletes are held to a higher entrance requirement than even FSU students…..sorry but it’s true.

    by Gator Drew

  28. June 11th, 2014 7:33 pm

    As to McDuffie, 40 years ago we had a saying that’s as true now as it was back then; “The hair don’t make the head.”

    Spurrier couldn’t get life long Gator fan, RB Travis Henry, on campus for an official visit, much less a ship. However, tUTor got him right in at no-Knox and kept him eligible to play, right up until he left for the NFL.

    Clown-U with their Deion Rules will always be the criminoles, and nothing is ever going to change that…. :~p)

    by da-muddler

  29. June 11th, 2014 8:02 pm

    How about the 2 female professors who were intimidated into giving passing grades to 5 starters on the last 2 years football team……Now it seems that coaches were also involved.
    Never heard of UF student athletes or coaches involved with threatening professors…..

    by Gator Drew

  30. June 11th, 2014 10:19 pm

    His family athletic his Cousin Grant Swinton got 12 offers for track and a good football player mcduffie the same way

    by Richard Quinn

  31. June 11th, 2014 11:50 pm

    Some of the comments that were posted are extremely disrespectful, biased, ignorant, and all out racist. Judging this young man by his race, appearance, and the environment that he may or may not live in is just absurd. He clearly is an outstanding athlete and student; his talents are what people should be focusing on and not the way he looks after training camp or his hair. Last time I checked football was not a beauty contest. So people like Lebron, Tyrone, and Sea Hag Marina who are so disturbed by his appearance and where he comes from, need to take their negative and stereotypical comments and disappear.

    by Susan Peterson

  32. June 12th, 2014 12:00 am

    Stole the words right out of my mouth Drew! A Nolie wants to talk about interviews with UF players?? Haha. We scrong if you scrong! We scrong if you scorng an we scrong den!1 HAHA

    by That_UAT_Guy

  33. June 12th, 2014 12:09 am

    The comments from some of you are rude an ignorant. Ya’ll focusing on the wrong things he’s talented regardless of his appearance. Football is NOT the Grammy’s, so what he looks like shouldn’t matter if he’s that talented.

    by Maria Gonzallez

  34. June 12th, 2014 12:31 am

    I don’t care how mean or soft he looks, as long as he puts on that Gator jersey and can ball….

    by Murks3ason

  35. June 12th, 2014 3:25 am

    Well spoken Murks3ason…….

    by break it

  36. June 12th, 2014 3:29 am

    The guy is a lockdown corner, plays running back, and can also punt………also very shifty on returns……we need him bad….quality kid with a great UPBRINGING…….

    by break it

  37. June 12th, 2014 9:45 am

    Yea well spoken his family is so proud hiss cousin Grant mentors him he is going to miss state for track the SEC runs in the family

    by Andrew

  38. June 12th, 2014 9:46 am

    gatornation still has some ways to go judging by some of the comments about his appearance! stay classy gators!

    by dub

  39. June 12th, 2014 11:07 am

    “Yeah, because the real Gator fans have shunned us for wearing our hair long”-Ronald Powell and Matt Jones…
    I really wish some people could be blocked from commenting on this site.

    by Gator Drew

  40. June 12th, 2014 11:36 am


    by break it

  41. June 13th, 2014 2:33 am

    Susan, Maria, and others. The comments “judging” these guys are from people who have been on these boards before race baiting. They don’t actually believe what they’re saying either. They’re just trying to bait people into another racial argument because they have this idea in their head that UF is racist and that’s why Brissett didn’t beat out Driskel. they’re still just bitter that their boy Brissett couldn’t actujally win the QB competition with Driskel. Their comments do not reflect the opinions of Gatornation.

    by That_UAT_Guy

  42. June 13th, 2014 10:38 am

    oh i see “their boy”,,

    by dub

  43. June 13th, 2014 6:55 pm

    See they do it just like that. I say their boy meaning the guy they liked and they jump straight to insinuating racism. It’s kinda like the “What do you mean you people?” Scene from Tropic Thunder. It’s quite sad really. But don’t be fooled into thinking those poor attempts at race baiting reflect Gatornation at all.

    by That_UAT_Guy

  44. June 14th, 2014 10:25 am

    I look forward to the day when people are
    ‘judged by the content of their character,’
    and not by the color of their skin.
    And when I judge someone by the ‘content of their character’
    that I’m not called a racist because of the color of their skin….

    by da-muddler

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