Massillon (Ohio) Washington tight end Brett Huffman has traveled across the country this summer to visit eight colleges for camp. Surprisingly, the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder was impressed by the schools that were furthest away from home?
This summer Huffman has already visited Syracuse, Toledo, Indiana, Illinois, Northwestern, Michigan State, Duke and Arizona State.
"I was really impressed with Duke's campus, it was beautiful down there. I favor Duke in the south because they play in the ACC. My high school coach actually played in college with coach Roof and a couple other coaches there, so he always has Duke in my ear," he said. "I liked Arizona State because my family is out there. I've always been a Sun Devil's fan and it's like a second home to me, they also have nice weather. An offer from Arizona State would be the ideal offer.
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"I like Syracuse too. I love their coaching staff; they are all a bunch of nice guys. The Carrier Dome is really cool too. There's also so much to do up there like fishing and golfing during the summer. I just really like the city and New York."
Huffman came out of the trip with some offers as well. The tight end picked up offers from Duke, Toledo and Indiana.
Currently, Huffman is favoring Arizona State, Duke, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Michigan and Michigan State. What does the prospect think of his other favorites?
"Michigan's got the Big House and their quarterback coach is friends with my head coach. They've also been talking to me since my freshman year so there's a loyalty thing there," he said. "I went up to Michigan State and I really liked it up there, it's a nice school. I went to Cincinnati for a junior day and I've just continued to talk with them."
Previously Huffman was favoring Notre Dame and Boston College. What caused both of those schools to slip from his favorites?
"I was kind of turned off by Notre Dame because they already offered a tight end and they are only taking one," he said. "Meanwhile, Boston College told me they want to see what happens the first couple games of the season."
Things are looking especially bright for Huffman's favorites; particularly those that have offered as he alluded to the fact that he may be interested in committing very soon.
"I've thought about a possible early commitment," he said. "Right now Duke would be my best offer, but I haven't decided if I want to commit early or not. I'm still deciding on that."
In the next couple of weeks, the prospect will be headed back to the Blue Devils.
"I'm going back to Duke in a couple weeks to see the football aspect," he said. "The academics are self explanatory, so that's already good."
Huffman hauled in 28 receptions for 296 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. What is he looking to improve upon next season?
"Last year I only had 28 catches, but I had no drops," he said. "I didn't get the ball that much during my junior year, but we've got a new coach that will run a simpler and better offense that will allow the quarterback to get me the ball.
"I'm also looking to have a better record next year. We were 4-6 last season and that can't happen again. I want to make the playoffs for sure."
Huffman should have no problem qualifying with an impressive 3.9GPA and 17ACT.