Massillon (Ohio) Washington tight end Brett Huffman added some much needed depth to the Blue Devils roster when he committed to Duke today.
"I just went down there for a visit and I got back last night," he said. "The coaches were waiting on pins and needles for what I was going to do and I decided to come back home and then commit. I was blown away by their campus, it was beautiful. I love the stone buildings and the fact that it's a small school with only about 7,000 people on a private campus. It was more to my liking and a lot better than Ohio State which is spread over the entire city of Columbus.
"The academics at Duke speak for themselves and having that degree from there is great. I love the coaching staff too they treated me and my family like gold. I really like coach Strollo, he's a great person. I just felt really comfortable there. With the nice weather down there and them going into the ACC, it's a no brainer for me."
The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder who runs a 4.65-second 40-yard dash is glad to have the decision behind him.
"It's a big weight off my shoulders and a relief," he said. "I'm happy and confident about my decision and now I can concentrate on my high school team. I'm looking to continue doing what I have and I'm looking to have fun during my senior season."
Huffman was told that he may see early playing time as a true freshman at Duke.
"There's no guarantee, but that's the way it may pan out," he said. "They have one fifth year senior tight end this year and a really good one now that's probably going to go into the draft. Then they only have one other guy on scholarship and they run a lot of two tight end sets. They told me I'm already the fastest tight end on the roster and they're planning for me in their offense already to match me up with linebackers because of my speed and height."
The tight end is planning to take a visit to Duke during the season for a game, but he hasn't scheduled an official visit yet.
"I definitely want to come down for one of their games," he said. "I'm going to see how Duke is turning things around because I think they're going to win some games and I can't wait to be a part of it. They are bringing in some good guys from the recruiting classes."
Huffman chose Duke over offers from Akron, Toledo, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Indiana. He concluded by saying.
"The southern hospitality there is great," he said. "I can't wait to get there and be a Blue Devil, to do my part and have some fun."
Huffman is rated the No. 40 prospect in Ohio and hauled in 28 receptions for 296 yards and two touchdowns last season. He has an impressive 3.9 GPA.