After leading Christian County to the state championship game and gathering 102 tackles, eight sacks and 16 tackles for loss, Malcolm McDuffen became one of the state's standout players as a junior. "He works hard," said Steve Lovelace, Christian County Head Coach. "He plays three sports: football, basketball and track. He doesn't get to spend a lot of time in the weight room," Lovelace continued. "He's going to be really good once he gets more time to focus on one sport."
At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, McDuffen appears rather light to play on the defensive line as he does in high school, but time in the weight room could help or he may play another position. "He's very quick off the ball. Coach Brooks sees him as a defensive end or outside linebacker," said Lovelace. "If they play him at linebacker, he'll need to work on his feet as far as dropping back into coverage," said Lovelace. "The upside is concentrating on one sport. We're already working on his hips and his feet. If they keep him down (on the defensive line) he'll be fine."
His tweener status hasn't scared off many programs. Right now Malcolm is hearing from Tennessee, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Illinois and Ball State along with Kentucky. "UK, Tennessee and Purdue are his top three," said Lovelace.
Having visited Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Purdue and Western Kentucky, a decision may be on the horizon. "I think he's going to try to (commit) before we play next week. Whenever he wants to verbal, he will. It just depends on what he wants to do."
Christian County High opens the season playing at Western Kentucky against the Bowling Green Purples on August 21st.
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