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Sweet Home's McDuffie verbally commits to play football at UB

Sweet Home High School's Dylan McDuffie won't be travelling too far to play his college football.

In fact, he'll just travel a short way down Sweet Home Road since he's opting to attend the University at Buffalo.

The three-star prospect running back/linebacker made his verbal commitment official via Twitter on Thursday night.

McDuffie, a Connolly Cup finalist as a junior at St. Francis, received 14 offers, including several from Mid-American Conference schools with UB's rivals Central Michigan and Western Michigan expressing the most interest, according to

In choosing UB, he will become the latest McDuffie to play football at the school. His uncles Steve, Tedy and Chris all played collegiately for the Bulls.

Why UB?

"A lot of reasons, close to home, first offer," Dylan McDuffie said. "Coach showed a lot of love since Day 1, and I want a chance to impact the community I’m from."

McDuffie is a physical between-the-tackles type runner with speed.

The 6-foot, 205-pounder caught folks' attention during a junior year in which he rushed for 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns for St. Francis. He also caught three TDs and was named as a finalist for the Connolly Cup – given to the top player in Western New York by the Riverside Athletic Club – and earned All-Western New York second-team honors.

That was his only season with the Red Raiders as he returned to where he started his career, Sweet Home, for his senior year. In his second tour of duty with the Panthers (his started as a sophomore), he battled through a balky ankle to finish with 14 total touchdowns, including 11 rushing, 14.5 yards-per-carry average and 73 tackles. He caught the game-winning touchdown with under 30 seconds left in a wild 40-35 Week Two win at Cheektowaga.

"When he decided to go to UB we were very happy as a family," said Steve McDuffie, whose son Isaiah just completed his freshman season at Boston College. "We're very proud of our nephew. … We're just so happy he's the next one to play at the University at Buffalo."

Sweet Home coach Rich Lowe added: "As a UB alumnus, I think it's great for them to keep local talent here and it should be a good opportunity for him to see playing time."

Dylan McDuffie said he plans to sign next week during the NCAA's early signing period for football.

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