January 26, 2012

2013 Intro: Athlete Chris Duffy

Indian Trail (N.C.) Porter Ridge athlete Chris Duffy transferred from Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley High to his current school before last football season. Despite being the new guy, he made a huge impact at his new home and helped the team reach the state championship game, where they fell to Scotland County.

"We had a very good year, I just transferred in so I had a new coaching staff and new teammates, but it was great," he said. "We had a good year and we went to the championship, but unfortunately, we lost to Scotland County, they were a very good football team. Hopefully, we're going to have a good offseason and get back there next year."

On the year, the 2013 prospect rushed for 1,016 yards and 18 scores, tallied 281 receiving yards and three more touchdowns and also racked up 206 yards and a touchdown on kick returns. On defense, where Duffy was named to the Associated Press' All-State team, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder hauled in five interceptions.

"Right now, I like playing both, but I'd like to stay on the offensive side of the ball because I like making touchdowns and big plays," he said of his future. "I've got speed, power and good vision; I know how to see holes and I know how to finish my runs."

Duffy has not nabbed any offers on the recruiting trail yet, but those will come in time. He is currently working hard to better his 40-yard dash time.

"I haven't run a 40 recently, but last year on a stopwatch, I was timed at 4.5," he said. "I've been doing a lot of training so that improves."

Duffy said a few schools have been in touch with him recently and said he is open to all suitors at this time. He did not claim a favorite college growing up, but noted that North Carolina is currently recruiting him the hardest.

"The new staff came and saw me at school last Friday," he said. "That was real good. At first, I was talking to the other recruiting coordinator for my area, but he left so I was wondering what would happen. Seeing the new coaching staff talking to me and letting me know I was on their list, that was really good."

After taking part in the Tom Lemming photo shoot last Saturday with about 30 of the state's other top juniors, Duffy visited NC State for a junior day. He did not know a whole lot about the Wolfpack before the trip, but was excited to soak up as much knowledge as possible.

"I know they had a good season and went to a bowl game this season," he said. "I know they have a very good quarterback but, other than that, I really don't know much about NC State. I want to learn a lot about NC State but, not just them, I want to learn about every school because I want to play college football somewhere.

"I want to check out every school that is interested. I want to learn a lot about every school so I can see where my best fit is going to be."

Duffy said that it would be nice to hear from some of the bigger SEC schools and specifically mentioned the likes of Florida, Alabama and LSU. He said that if a program wants him bad enough and shows it, distance from home shouldn't be a factor.

"I think I want to stay close to home and stay near my family so that I can get back to them, but if a team really wants me to come play for them and that's what is best for me, I'll make my decision," he said. "I want to get the process out of the way [sooner rather than later]. I want to find a school that fits me, where I feel comfortable and just commit to them; then get ready for college."

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