RB Dylan McDuffie stays home, commits to Buffalo

Buffalo was the first of 14 schools to offer local running back Dylan McDuffie a scholarship to play college football. Coming from a family with an impressive football background — collegiality and professionally, the prospect from Sweet Home High School in Buffalo, N.Y. wants to carry on the family tradition.

He wants to go pro, and he wants to be a champion.

“I want to do something that my family has done before,” McDuffie told MAC Prospectus. “A lot of my family played in the NFL, a lot of them played at a high, D-I level, so that’s something that’s always been on my mind and has been a dream of mine since I’ve been a little kid.”

McDuffie is rated a 3-star running back by 247Sports, and is listed at 6-foot, 205 pounds. McDuffie’s cousin O.J. McDuffie was a former first-round draft pick out of Penn State and played with the Miami Dolphins from 1993-2001. Cousin Quincy McDuffie played for the Dallas Cowboys for a short while after his college ball at Central Florida, and is now in the CFL. Cousin Nick Luchey played his college ball at Miami (FL) before spending seven years in the NFL. His uncle Nick McDuffie was a defensive back for Buffalo in the the late 1990’s.

McDuffie also has a cousin, Isaiah McDuffie, who just finished his first year on campus at Boston College as a freshman linebacker.

Staying home was a benefit to McDuffie’s decision for his family and friends to come to his games, but Buffalo was also able to build the strongest relationship with the running back as head coach Lance Leipold and his staff offered him a scholarship 13 months ago.

Along the way, McDuffie also received offers from: Albany, Central Connecticut State, Central Michigan, Delaware, Fordham, Holy Cross, Liberty, Maine, Ohio, Robert Morris, Stony Brook and Western Michigan.

“(Buffalo) saw me more than anybody else. I talked to the coaches all the time, they’re so close to home that I always had access to be around there, so that always made me more comfortable with them than going to a school I only visited two or three times,” McDuffie said.

McDuffie noted that Leipold’s track record of success at Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he was the head coach from 2007-2014 and won the NCAA Division III National Championship every year except for 2012, helped show that the UB program was in the right hands. Leipold helped his team reach a bowl-eligible season this year on the backs of NFL hopefuls (namely: Anthony Johnson, Khalil Hodge and Tyree Jackson), and McDuffie pointed out that the UB Fieldhouse will be a nice addition to the program once that is project is complete.

“I feel like UB is on the come up,” McDuffie said. “all the hype on football is going to be higher just because of how good UB is going to be.”

And as a football player, McDuffie said that he’s more than just a role player.

“I’m versatile, that’s what coaches at UB liked about me. I can play in all three phases of the game. I’m a three-down back, basically. I can come out of the backfield (catching the ball), I can pass protect and I can run between the tackles.”

McDuffie said he plans on signing his letter of intent on Wednesday.

Click here for McDuffie’s highlights. 

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