Parkland High School offensive lineman Tyrone McDuffie commits to Colorado

Everything about Parkland offensive lineman Tyron McDuffie's commitment ceremony was big-time, including the school he picked, Colorado.

In front of 100 classmates, coaches and family, on live television, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound McDuffie chose the Pac-12 school over UTEP (his first offer), UTSA and New Mexico. That clearly excited the big crowd, which roared approval when he picked up the Buffaloes cap and revealed, along with his family, Colorado sweatshirts under their jackets.

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"I believe coach (Karl) Dorrell is changing the program at Colorado, they are going to do some great things," said McDuffie, a rising senior. "They play in the Pac-12 conference, a power five conference, I'll be playing against some of the best players in the country and I want to be a part of that.

"The family culture there is very strong. As soon as I stepped on campus I was greeted not only by the position coach and the head coach, I was getting greeted by the defensive coaching staff, former players, current players. It's a real family. I love that so much.

"All four (finalists) were great schools but I could only pick one."

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Duffie, a three-star recruit, is the third El Pasoan in the class of 2022 to pick a power-five school. His teammate Demarion Crest and Canutillo's LJ Martin previously committed to Texas Tech. McDuffie will major in political science and is on target to head to Boulder with an Associate's Degree in multi-disciplinary studies through Parkland's early college program.

A National Honors Society student, Duffie has a 99 grade-point average.

While he picked the farthest school from home of his four finalists, his mother Shakieasha was excited for him. She was at the table with him when he made his pick, along with Tyrone's father Tyrone and his older sister Shakyra.

"That's his dream, to go away and spread his wings and fly," Shakieasha McDuffie said. "It feels good. It was a hard decision but I feel good about it."

He will be the third El Pasoan in the last decade to go to Colorado, as Del Valle's Steven Montez went there in 2015 and ended up being a three-year starter. Coronado alum Eddy Lopez was on those teams.

"Steven Montez being an El Paso kid, me being an El Paso kid, wow," McDuffie said.

Former Parkland coach Eric Frontz, who coached McDuffie throughout his Parkland career, said he was happy for one of his great players.

"He's a great young man, I couldn't be prouder of him," Frontz said. "I'm so happy for him and his family."

McDuffie had a lot of people happy for him surrounding him as he set the course for the next part of his life.

Bret Bloomquist can be reached at 915-546-6359;; @Bretbloomquist on Twitter.

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