September 15, 2011

North Shore receiver commits to Houston

The Houston Cougars picked up their fifteenth commitment for the class of 2012 on Thursday when Galena Park (Texas) North Shore wide receiver Larry McDuffey made his pledge to play for the Cougars.

Going into the summer McDuffey didn't have any offers, but used some strong showings at camps and a great start to his senior season to pick up the offer from Houston.

"When I went to the summer camps I was trying to show them I could play," the 5-foot-11, 165-pound receiver said. "Houston has been on my mind for quite some time because of the offense that they play. Watching their offense it occurred to me that I could go to Houston and be the next Patrick Edwards or Tyron Carrier."

McDuffey's cousin is freshman linebacker Derrick Matthews who has been telling McDuffey all about the University of Houston.

"He's been telling me Houston is a good school," the speedy receiver told CougarsDen on Thursday night. "When I got the offer I was excited, I went home and talked to my mom and she told me if I feel like I should be there to just go with it and she will be with me 100-percent, so when it came down to it, it was Houston all along."

McDuffey has been impressed with Cougars this season and was in attendance for the opener against UCLA.

"I went to the UCLA game and I saw how they played and I was thinking, I want to be a part of this," he said. "I talked to my high school coaches and they told me they thought it was a great fit for me. I called coached McKinney, I talked to him and told him I wanted to be a Cougar, he put coach Sumlin on the phone and he was excited, we were all excited about it. Houston was it; I want to be a Coog."

McDuffey is a standout in track for North Shore and has even had scholarship offers for track alone, but is unsure if he will continue to run track at Houston.

"If I can focus on football and track I would try out for the track team, but if running track becomes a distraction I would just focus on football."

McDuffey and his North Shore Mustangs are 2-1 and will be in action at home Friday against Kingwood. Next week CougarsDen will be on hand for their matchup on the road at Pasadena (Texas) Memorial High School.

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