Metaphorically speaking, Adam Duckett could be the poster child for the nation’s downtrodden economic state of dispair.
Make that man-child.
The gigantic 6-foot-8, 350-pound Orlando East River offensive tackle is like the big house sitting in foreclosure, with the lone saving grace being that possible 11th-hour offer that could save the day for the seller and pave the way to a new house and bright future.
It’s Trinity Valley Community College for two years, where Duckett will try to climb out of the whole he has himself in, or it will be the bright future of signing on with Florida State. He’ll be in Tallahassee this weekend to work on sealing the deal.
“It’s beginning to look that way,” Duckett said Wednesday when asked if he thought FSU would make him a scholarship offer during his upcoming visit. “I feel real good about it.”
The buyer has seen the goods. Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett appears to like what he sees. But he’s still a little unsure. He needs to get up in the attic, check the wiring, see if there are any pipes leaking.
If coach Trickett and FSU are going to buy into this super-hero like teenager, they want to make sure everything is in sound, working order. They want to get him on campus and make a final evaluation.
“I’ll probably end up double signing on Wednesday just to make sure in case something falls through,” Duckett said.
The something is his grades and his test scores. Duckett recently put a pancake block on the ACT test that no one, with the possible exception of himself, saw coming. He bettered his original ACT mark of 13 with a 20 score that could get flagged by the NCCA, given the jump in scoring.
Otherwise, he’s all set. He’s qualified to make the step to Division I-A football. Trinity Valley Community College in Texas is the back-up plan. He’d rather not go that route, and FSU can save him that detour with a scholarship offer on Saturday.
“We’ll see what happens,” Duckett said.
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